Monday, October 04, 2010

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local trips for the weekend of October 9th - 10th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, October 9, 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.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, October 9, 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
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Fort Tilden Sparrow Workshop
Leader: Starr Saphir
Registrar: Sandra Maury (smaury39 [AT] hotmail.com)
Registration opens Monday 9/27.
Ride: $15.


Littoral Society
October 10, 2010
NYCA Raptor Migration at Jamaica Bay (TBA)


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, October 9, 2010, 8am – 9am
Van Cortlandt Park
Guide: Andrew Baksh or Urban Park Rangers 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, October 10, 2010, 9:30am – 11:30am
Nature in the Garden Discovery Walk
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.

Sunday, October 10, 2010, 10am – 1pm
Raptor Migration at Jamaica Bay with American Littoral Society
Fort Tilden, NY
Guide: Don Riepe.
Meet at 10am at Bldg. 1 in Fort Tilden for a hike to the hawk watch platform to view falcons, hawks, ospreys and other migrating raptors. We'll also hike along the beach and dunes to look for song and shore birds. For more information, contact Don Riepe at (718) 318-9344 or donriepe@gmail.com. Free.


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, October 10, 2010, 8am – 2pm
Kissena Park mini trip
Leader: Eric Miller


Staten Island Museum
October 10, 2010, 9:00am
Ecology Walk: Mt. Loretto
Sparrow Migration-Search the fields for south-bound sparrows and other field birds. Meet at the DEC parking area across from the CYO Center on Hylan Blvd. to enjoy the beauty and ecology of Staten Island. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars if possible. To register and confirm meeting places call Seth Wollney at (718) 483-7105.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 9, 2010

Early Birding
8:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for early morning birding.
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Urban Sustainability Series: Adventure Gardening!
1:00 p.m.
This kick-off program of our new series focuses on food gardening in tight city spaces and...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Animal Tracks
1:00 p.m.
Come discover how to tell who’s been visiting our park by making your own animal...
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Owl Prowl
6:00 p.m.
Whooo’s that calling in the woods? Look, listen, and learn how to identify these...
Location: High Rock Ranger Station (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Mysterious Mushrooms and Treacherous Toadstools
11:00 a.m.
Trek in search of Witches’ Butter, Scaly Tooth, Jack O’Lanterns, Turkey Tails,...
Location: Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station (in Wolfe's Pond Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Canoe the Lagoon
12:00 p.m.
Paddle through the sparkling blue waters and green marsh grass of the Pelham Bay...
Location: The Lagoon (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Learn Your Little Brown Birds!
12:00 p.m.
Explore the differences between song sparrows, swamp sparrows, and all the other little...
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

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

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