Monday, September 06, 2010

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local nature trips for the weekend of September 11th - 12th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, September 11, 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.

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 11, 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.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Leader and Registrar: Gil Schrank (gschrankny [AT] aol.com)
Registration opens Monday 8/30.
Ride $15.


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, September 11, 8am – 9am
Van Cortlandt Park
Guide: Andrew Baksh or Urban Park Rangers **Please note time change to 8am*** With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and NYC Department of Parks and 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.

Sunday, September 12, 9:30am – 11:30am
Wave Hill: Perkins Visitor Center
Explore Wave Hill’s woodlands and gardens and discover the world of insects, flowers, trees, birds and their fascinating habitats on this naturalist-led walk, offered jointly by Wave Hill and NYC Audubon. Ideal for ages 5 and up and their curious adult companions. Rain or shine, so dress for the weather! Space is limited; advanced registration recommended, online at www.wavehill.org, at the Perkins Visitor Center when you next visit or by calling 718.549.3200 x305.
Fee: Free for Wave Hill Members/Non-members $5. Free for NYC Audubon Members with 2-for-1 admission to the grounds.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Sunday, September 12, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Blue Trail to Latourette Woods
Join naturalist Sandra Mechanic on a delightful walk through the Latourette woods. Admire the Frank Lloyd Wright house along the way and see an American Larch or Tamarack, a rare conifer that sheds its needles annually. Look at the DEP label on the street corner grating saying “no dumping, leads to Blue Belt”. The trail passes through a large forest of mixed age Tulip Trees as it winds down to Meisner Pond. Park near the end of Old Mill Road, near St. Andrews Church, off Arthur Kill Road.
For more information, contact Sandra at (718) 967-1037.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, September 11, 7am – 1pm
Alley Pond Park Mini Trip
Leader: Eric Miller


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, September 11, 2010

Late Summer Wildflowers
11:00 a.m.
Van Cortlandt Park has burst into a flame of colors with a brilliant cloak of yellow...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Tree-mendous Hike
1:00 p.m.
Discover the green giants who live in Fort Totten Park.
Location: Front Gate (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Damsels and Dragons
2:00 p.m.
Discover the damselflies and dragonflies that inhabit our ponds. You’ll learn to...
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Stargazing
8:00 p.m.
Observe Jupiter, Uranus and other heavenly bodies with the Amateur Astronomers Association...
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wonderful World of Warblers
9:00 a.m.
Warblers have spent the season feasting on our parks’ natural goodies. Identify these...
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Natural History Walk
1:00 p.m.
Explore the unique solution to the water pressure problem in Northern Manhattan during the...
Location: W 174 Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Canoe up the Hutch
1:00 p.m.
Adventure through the sparkling blue water and green marsh grass of the Thomas Pell...
Location: Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

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