Monday, January 10, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, nature trips within NYC's 5 boroughs for the weekend of January 15th - 16th, 2011:

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, January 15, 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 15, 2011, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walk
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.

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, January 15, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LaTourette Multi-purpose Path (northern end)
Meet in the parking lot of the new Greenbelt Nature Center at the junction of Rockland and Brielle Avenues. We will walk to the bike path entrance at the junction of Rockland Avenue and Forest Hill Road where we will spend two hours removing invasive plants. If you don't have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a work session (our 175th 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.


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, January 16, 2011, 8am – 2pm
Breezy Point
Leader: George Dadone (
917-748 5716)
Meet: Meet at the Fisherman's Parking Lot
Please Note that, as of 1/13, this trip has been canceled.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, January 15, 2011

Van Cortlandt Birding Walks: Bullying in Nature
8:00 a.m.
Seeing who eats at the bird feeders and when can reveal pecking order dominance among the...
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

Winter Waterfowl
10:00 a.m.
Ducks and geese fly thousands of miles to spend the winter in Central Park. Explore...
Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Hunter Island Hike
1:00 p.m.
Trek through the forests and shorelines of Hunter Island while we search for owls and other...
Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park-Orchard Beach), Bronx
Cost: Free

Forever Evergreen
1:00 p.m.
They're more than just holiday decorations...  Learn to identify the many types of...
Location: Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Sleeping Giants
1:00 p.m.
Did you know that Fort Totten Park has over 40 different species of trees. Learn how...
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Winter Waterfowl
9:00 a.m.
Learn interesting facts about the great variety of ducks and other birds that spend their...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Early Birding at Fort Totten Park
9:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for early morning birding at Fort Totten Park.
Location: Fort Totten Front Gate (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Denizens of the Dark
4:00 p.m.
Join us for an after-hours hike as we search for bats, raccoons, owls, and whatever else...
Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
Cost: Free

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