Monday, November 08, 2010

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, nature trips within New York City's 5 boroughs for the weekend of November 13th - 14th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, November 13, 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, November 13, 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
Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Trip Leader: Rafael Campos
Focus: water birds and ducks (peak), marsh species, early winter species, possible rarity
Car Fee: $12.00
Registrar: James Cooke email james [AT] jamescooke.net; home # 516-739-0647. Call before 9 pm
Registration period: Nov 2nd - Nov 11th


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Park
Guide: Andrew Baksh or Urban Park Rangers. With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and 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.

Sun, November 14, 2010, 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 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)
Saturday, November 13, 2010, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Long Pond Park
Evidence of animal life as well the geologic history and human influence will be observed as we take an unhurried stroll on a one and a half mile hike through the park. Meet at PS 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue about 3 blocks NW of Hylan Blvd.
For more information call Clay Wollney at (718)869-6327.

Sunday, November 14, 2010, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Save Arden Heights Woods
Meet at the corner of Woodrow Road and Arden Avenue. We will walk to the trail entrance.
For more information call Hillel Lofaso at 718-751-6629


Queens County Bird Club
Sat, November 13, 2010, 8am – 2pm
Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn
Leader: Eric Miller


Staten Island Museum
November 14, 2010, 9:00am - 11:00am
Changing Seasons at Great Kills Park
Observe the changes at Great Kills park as fall heads towards winter. Meet at the parking area for the blue-dot trail at the corner of Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo St. Enjoy the beauty & ecology of Staten Island. Wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars.
To register and confirm meeting places call Seth Wollney at (718) 483-7105.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, November 13, 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

Migration Bingo
10:00 a.m.
Add species to your year and life lists while also working to mark off a row of migrants on…
Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Urban Sustainability Series: Green Roofing
1:00 p.m.
It’s all about the soil! Green roofs have great benefits in the urban jungle;…
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Star Gazing
5:00 p.m.
Observe heavenly bodies with the Amateur Astronomy Association of New York. Weather permitting.
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Fall Foliage Hike
11:00 a.m.
Why travel upstate when you have colorful views of fall foliage right in your own backyard?…
Location: Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Fall Foliage at Kissena Park
12:00 p.m.
The color change in leaves heralds autumn's return. Experience the diverse color palette in…
Location: Rose and Oak Avenues (in Kissena Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Life in the Leaf Litter
1:00 p.m.
Rotting leaves and logs are more than they appear to be—they are microhabitats…
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park Preserve), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Blind Nature Walk
1:00 p.m.
Sense the natural world as you never have before.
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

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