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Monday, December 06, 2010

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's 5 boroughs for the weekend of December 11th - 12th, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, December 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.

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, December 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

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Coney Island to Sheepshead Bay Shore walk
No registration necessary.
Meet 9 AM at the Dunkin Donuts outside the Coney Island train station (Stillwell and Surf Ave). Trains are F, Q, N, and D to the last stop.
Trip Leader: Peter Dorosh TEXT Message 347-622-3559 if necessary
Note: this is a subway only trip (no cars). The plan is to visit coastal locales starting from Coney Island walking towards the Q line at Sheepshead Bay. The walk is about 6-7 miles. Dress for winter. We will likely stop at Randazzos Seafood (or another place) along Emmons Ave after the bird walk tour. Coastal water birds and gulls will be a primary focus.

New York City Audubon Society
Sunday, December, 12, 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, 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, December, 12, 2010, 10am – 1pm
Winter Wildlife Workshop
With Gateway National Recreation Area.
Guide: Don Riepe. Meet at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for an easy hike around the West Pond, gardens and upland woods. Learn how plants and animals adapt to winter, and look for waterfowl, owls, and wintering birds.
To register, contact Don Riepe at 718-318-9344 or
Limited to 25.

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Sunday, December 12, 2010, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Conference House Park
Past and present blend in the Conference House park where history stretches back thousands of years with the seasonal occupation of the Lenape and hundreds of years with the habitation of the Dutch and English. We’ll observe the geology of the area and look for what the debris at the high tide line has to reveal. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Hylan Blvd. on the left.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

Staten Island Museum
Sunday, December 12, 2010, 9:00am - 11:00am
Early Winter Waterfowl at Wolfe's Pond Park
Learn about waterfowl migration and wintering habits at Wolfe's Pond. Meet near the Field Station in the Wolfe's Pond Park parking area. Enjoy the beauty and ecology of Staten Island. Wear comfortable shoes, and bring binoculars if possible.
To register and confirm meeting place call Seth Wollney at (718) 483-7105.

Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, December 11, 2010

Winter Birding
11:00 a.m.
Get outside and search for the bird species that call New York home for winter. Bring your…
Location: Playground (in Bloomingdale Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Urban Sustainability Series: Indoor Herbs
1:00 p.m.
Extend the growing season in your room, apartment or house.
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Sleeping Giants
1:00 p.m.
Learn the tricks of winter tree identification.
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

South Pole Expedition
1:00 p.m.
You won't fine any penguins here, but it can get chilly at the southern-most tip of New…
Location: Conference House Park Visitors Center (in Conference House Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Seal-Shore Safari
10:00 a.m.
Discover the many different creatures that live close to the shore—including seals!…
Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park-Orchard Beach), Bronx
Cost: Free

Winter Waterfowl
11:00 a.m.
Discover which birds make Marine Park their home during the winter. This is a great chance…
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Forensic Flora and Fauna
1:00 p.m.
Bugs, plants, and animals have all helped solve crimes. Discover just how sharp Mother…
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Making Tracks
1:00 p.m.
Learn how to identify animal tracks found in and around woodland areas. Make tracks of your…
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
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

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