Monday, August 23, 2010

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local nature trips for the weekend of August 28th - 29th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Introduction to Birdwatching
Every Saturday, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.

Discover Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.

Sunday, August 29, 2010
Discover Tours
Every Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m.
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, August 28th, 2010
A Shorebird Odyssey
Trip Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: shorebirds in various Brooklyn /Queens locations
Car Fee: $10.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, Email Prosbird [AT] aol.com or TEXT Message 347-622-3559
Registration period: August 17th - August 26th

Sunday, August 29th, 2010
Prospect Park
Meet 7 am at Grand Army Plaza entrance (Stranahan Statue)
Trip Leader: Tom Stephenson
Focus: early migrating fall passerines, flycatchers, warblers


Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Van Cortlandt Park Flora
Leader and Registrar: Joyce Hyon
Registration opens Monday 8/16. Public transportation.


New York City Audubon Society with LIC Community Boathouse
Sat Aug 28 9:30am – 4pm Eastern Time
Kayaking and Birding on the East River
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet at the LIC Community Boathouse. Enjoy the unique opportunity to explore the East River by kayak, looking for sea ducks, gulls, herons, and cormorants. See Mill Rock & the Brother Islands for an up-close look at nesting Harbor Herons. Gain a new-found perspective on the City and its aquatic and avian residents in this exciting trip. This trip will require some stamina and strength for several hours kayaking in potentially hot & sunny weather. Picnic lunch at Barretto Point Park. Bring binoculars, water, lunch, and clothes and shoes you don't mind getting wet. Limited to 18. $45
Click here to register
East River (map)


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, August 28, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
High Rock Park
The fall migration actually picks up steam during the Dog Days of Summer and High Rock Park is as good a place to tally new species of neo-tropical migrants as any other. The storied woodland offers good overlooks so warbler identification does not become neck wrenching work. The tanagers and orioles flit about at eye level and the flycatchers may even call out to be heard. Join Howie Fisher and enjoy some of the Northeast’s finest birding right here on Staten Island. Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot.
For more information call Howie Fischer at 718-981-4002.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, August 28, 2010

Early Birding
9:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for early morning birding.
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Van Cortlandt Bird Club: Handling the Heat
9:00 a.m.
How do birds stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer? A few nifty tricks. If you...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

John Kieran Trail Hike
11:00 a.m.
Enjoy the scenery and natural beauty of Van Cortlandt Park and learn about New York City's...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Salamander Search
11:00 a.m.
Did you know that New York State is the salamander capital of the World? Delve into their...
Location: Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Bike Tour
11:00 a.m.
Pedal your way through Fort Totten’s history, dating back to the Civil War. We will...
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Osprey Watch
12:00 p.m.
The osprey is quite an impressive raptor to behold with its seven foot wing span and fierce...
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Great Bronx Bicycle Tour
11:00 a.m.
Take a leisurely bicycle ride from the Orchard Beach Nature Center to Van Cortlandt Park....
Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Tree Tour
11:00 a.m.
Stroll through our beautiful park as you learn about its wide variety of trees...
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

They Stand Among Us
12:00 p.m.
Some tall, some short, some dark, some light. A smorgasbord of textures, colors, smells and...
Location: 112 Street and Morningside Drive (in Morningside Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Beautiful Bees
2:00 p.m.
Buzzzz around the park to experience the wide variety of winged wonders. You'll see honey...
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

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