Monday, November 22, 2010

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's 5 boroughs for the weekend of November 27th - 28th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, November 27, 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 27, 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


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, November 27, 2010, 8am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks
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.

Sunday, November 28, 2010, 9:30am – 11:30am
Nature in the Garden Discovery Walk
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)
Sunday, November 28, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Bloomingdale Woods
Join Sandra Mechanic, naturalist and photographer, for an exciting walk in Bloomingdale Woods. It has been a long time since I have done this walk and I hope to see many new faces come out to explore. This is a great haven to see deer foraging on plants. This rich woodland is a special, hidden gem. We will see the rare fragrant Bush Honeysuckle, “Standishii” along the Drumgoole Road West side. We will walk along Staten Island’s only true meandering stream and find some beautiful plants. Meet at the intersection of Maguire Avenue and Drumgoole Road West.
For more information call Sandra Mechanic at (718) 967 1037.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, November 27, 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

Post-Turkey Day Super Hike
11:00 a.m.
Work off those extra helpings of stuffing and potatoes on this long hike.
Location: Tortoise and Hare Statue (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

New York City's Wildlife
11:00 a.m.
New York City might be known for its wild nightlife, but that would be news to the wildlife...
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Post-Thanksgiving Hike
11:00 a.m.
Take an extended hike on some of the park’s longest trails to “burn off”...
Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Life in the Leaf Litter
11:00 a.m.
Rotting leaves and logs are more than they appear to be—they are microhabitats...
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Tracking Wildlife
12:00 p.m.
Animals leave distinctive tracks and other traces as they travel through our parks. Learn...
Location: W 158th Street and Edgecombe Avenue (in Highbridge Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Winter Waterfowl
12:00 p.m.
Explore the salt marsh at Orchard Beach as we search for ducks and other waterfowl of the...
Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Making Tracks
1:00 p.m.
Learn how to locate and identify animal tracks found in and around woodland areas, then...
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Discover Tour: Winter Survival
3:00 p.m.
Come exploring with us on a nature hike that will focus on the winter adaptations used by...
Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

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