Monday, January 03, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, nature trips within NYC's 5 boroughs for the weekend of January 8th - 9th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, January 8

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 Tour
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, January 8, 2011
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, January 8, 2011, 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 Cortlandt 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, January 9, 2011, 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 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.


Staten Island Museum
Sunday, January 9, 2011, 9:00am - 11:00am
Raritan Bay
Observe and learn about various species of waterfowl that use the Raritan Bay during the wintertime. Meet at parking area at the end of Page Ave.
Call Seth at (718) 483-7105 for more information.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, January 8, 2011

Van Cortlandt Birding Walks: Flocking
8:00 a.m.
How does staying together help a group of birds survive winter?  Find out! If you...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Early Birding at Marine Park
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

Old Croton Aqueduct Hike
11:00 a.m.
Following the historic waterway, we'll head up to the stone weird that once controlled that...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Winter Wonderland
11:00 a.m.
Discover all the that Fort Totten Park has to offer as we guide you through this historical...
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Owl Prowl
3:00 p.m.
We're on the prowl for the Great Horned Owls of Alley Pond Park. Along the way we'll...
Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Marine Mammal Watch
11:00 a.m.
The beach may be empty of all its human swimmers, but don't forget about the seals, whales,...
Location: Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Winter Survival
11:00 a.m.
Learn to build a shelter, find food and water, and stay warm during winter hiking.
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Winter Tree I.D.
1:00 p.m.
Test your identification skills and study trees in their dormant state on a hike through...
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Winter Survival
1:00 p.m.
Learn how to survive in below freezing temperatures. This program will review proper...
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

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