Monday, October 11, 2010

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local trips for the weekend of October 16th-17th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, October 16, 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 16, 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 17, 2010
Staten Island Sites
Leader: Howard Fischer
Registrar: Joyce Hyon
Registration opens Monday 10/4.
Ride: $20.


New York City Audubon Society
with Transportation Alternatives
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 9am – 4pm
Biking and Birding: George Washington Bridge/Palisades Park
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Birding and biking, a natural combination! Join us in an eco-friendly excursion. Meet at the Columbus Circle entrance to Central Park at 59th St., then ride the west side bike route up to the George Washington Bridge, and then across into the Palisades Park where we will look for hawks and other birds. The bike route will cover over 20 miles; riders have the option of taking public transportation home from the Washington Heights area.

Limited to 15. Bring lunch, water and binoculars. 
Cost: $36 (Price includes a 1-year complimentary membership to Transportation Alternatives) Click here to register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, October 16, 2010, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
High Rock Park
Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot of High Rock. We will go to the Blue and Yellow Trails north of the Loosestrife Swamp to remove the invasive, alien Devil’s Walking Stick and cut alien twining vines from saplings along the trail. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 172nd consecutive monthly workshop), we will take a short walk over nearby trails.
For more information call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 16, 2010

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

Astronomy Lecture Series I
10:00 a.m.
Come join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Jason Kendall on a monthly exploration of the…
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Native American Medicine
11:00 a.m.
Did the Lenape Indians have medicine? What plants did they use from the pharmacy nature…
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Creature Clues
1:00 p.m.
Learn how to identify and locate creature clues such as animal tracks and scat found in and…
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Gone Batty
6:00 p.m.
Identify bats, learn how they search for food in the twilight hours, and observe their…
Location: Comfort Station (in Bloomingdale Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Starfest 2010
7:00 p.m.
Join the Amateur Astronomers Association for an evening of stargazing in Central…
Location: Sheep Meadow (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Astronomy Day
7:00 p.m.
Stargazers of all ages and experience are invited to celebrate this worldwide occasion.…
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Raptor Rap
11:00 a.m.
We’re talking all about hawks, eagles, owls, and falcons. Dissect owl pellets, make…
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

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

Native Americans and Settlers of Pelham Bay Park
1:00 p.m.
Trace the history of Pelham Bay Park from the Native Americans to the colonial settlers and…
Location: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Autumn Splendor Fall Foliage Walk
1:00 p.m.
Explore the colors that autumn brings to this park.
Location: Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Native American Tribes
1:00 p.m.
By the year 1643, there were 13 different Native American tribes living in the area now…
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Spooky Spiders
1:00 p.m.
With eight eyes staring back at you and menacing fangs, spiders can be intimidating but…
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Native American Ethnobotany
3:00 p.m.
The forests of Manhattan provided the Lenape people with many natural resources vital to…
Location: Hallett Nature Sanctuary And Pond (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

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