Monday, August 30, 2010

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local nature trips for the weekend of September 4th - 5th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, September 4, 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, September 5, 2010
Fall Migration
Meet the amazing birds of Prospect Park on this expert-guided walk. Start your Sunday morning surrounded by nature!

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, September 4, 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, September 4th, 2010
Prospect Park
Meet 7 am at Bartel Pritchard Square entrance (16th St and PPSW Ave)
Trip Leader: Peter Dorosh


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 4th, 2010
Prospect Park
Leader: Rob Jett (aka "The City Birder")
No registration necessary.
Meet at Grand Army Plaza (Stranahan Statue) at 7:30 a.m.
Public transportation.


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, September 4, 9am – 10am
Van Cortlandt Park
Guide: Andrew Baksh or Urban Park Rangers
With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, Urban Park Rangers
Meet at Van Cortland Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
For more information, please call 718-548-0912.
No registration necessary. No limit. Free.

Biking and Birding: Jamaica Bay
Sunday, September 5, 9am – 1pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Transportation Alternatives
Birding and biking, a natural combination! Join us in an eco-friendly excursion. Meet at Grand Army Plaza Arch at Prospect Park followed by a 13 mile ride to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge where we will dismount and explore the trails in search of migratory shore birds and water fowl. Group can return by subway or bike. Limited to 15. Bring lunch, water and binoculars.
$36 (Price includes a 1-year complimentary membership to Transportation Alternatives)
Click here to register


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, September 4, 2010

Bird Club
9:00 a.m.
Bring your own binoculars, as we search for the birds of Van Cortlandt Park.
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Frogs! Turtles! And Snakes! Oh My!
11:00 a.m.
Bring your hiking boots and let’s look for all the reptiles and amphibians that...
Location: Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Canoeing Basics
11:00 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.
Explore the tranquility of Martling Pond while getting to know nature. Let’s look for...
Location: Martling Pond (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Denizens of the Dark
7:00 p.m.
Come on an after-hours exploration while we look for bats, raccoons, owls, and whatever...
Location: Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Ho, Ho, Ho, Green Giant
10:00 a.m.
Tulip trees are the tallest trees in New York City. Learn about the “Alley...
Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Shore Birding
11:00 a.m.
Come and see the unparalleled bird diversity that can be found along the shores of...
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Mysterious Mushrooms and Treacherous Toadstools
11:00 a.m.
We’ll trek in search of Witches’ Butter, Scaly Tooth, Jack O’Lanterns,...
Location: Playground (in Bloomingdale Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Invasive Plants
12:00 p.m.
What is an invasive plant? Why do we get rid of them? Learn about these types of flora and...
Location: 116 Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Migrating Monarchs
1:00 p.m.
Monarch butterflies spend the summer months in our city parks, and as winter approaches...
Location: Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Living Log
2:00 p.m.
Find out how much life there is in that “dead” log on the side of the trail.
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Summer Nature Exploration: Series III Nocturnal Edition
6:00 p.m.
The park that you know and love looks much different after the sun sets! Learn the changes...
Location: Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

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