Monday, March 28, 2011

Upcoming Nature trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of April 2nd - 3rd, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, April 2, 2011

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.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Morning Bird Walk: Changing Seasons, Changing Birds
Sunday, April 3, 2011, 8 a.m.
See the birds that call the Park home all winter. Start your Sunday morning surrounded by nature!

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, April 3, 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


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Prospect Park
Meet 8 am at Grand Army Plaza entrance (Stranahan Statue)
Trip Leader: Gabriel Willow
Focus: early returning passerines


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Prospect Park
Leader: Rob Jett a.k.a "The City Birder"
No registration. Meet at Grand Army Plaza (Stranahan Statue) at 7:30 a.m.
Public transportation.


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, April 2, 2011, 7:30am – 10:30am
StarrTrips in Central Park
On Saturdays, meet at 7:30am sharp at 103rd and Central Park West (parkside). All Starr Trips are non-smoking. No registration necessary. For more information, call Starr at 917-306-3808. $8 ($4 for full time students)

Saturday, April 2, 2011, 8:00am – 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.

Saturday, April 2, 2011, 9:15am – 2:00pm
Spring Hike in the Greenbelt, Staten Island
Guide: Gabriel Willow With the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and the Greenbelt Conservancy Meet at the Manhattan terminal of the S.I. Ferry and begin your tour on water. Explore trails within the 3,000-acre Staten Island Greenbelt and learn about the imperiled Pouch Camp property: 143 acres of unspoiled woods and wetland habitat under threat of development. Look for early spring migrants and learn about the ecology of the Greenbelt's diverse woodland and wetland ecosystems. Includes refreshments afterwards at the Greenbelt Nature Center and transportation on Staten Island. Limited to 20. $35
Click here to register.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Sunday, April 3, 2011, 12:00 p.m.to 2:00 p.m.
Long Pond Park
From reptiles and amphibians to birds and mammals, we’ll look for signs of animal life during this one and a half mile hike to through the woodlands of Long Pond Park. In addition evidence of the geologic history and human influence on the park will be observed. Meet at PS 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue about 3 blocks NW of Hylan Blvd.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, April 3, 2011, 8am – 2pm
Alley Pond Park
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 2, 2011

Early Birding Walk at Van Cortlandt Park
8:00 a.m.
Spring is back and so are our fine-feathered friends! Let's search for birds on a leisurely...
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

Early Birding at Inwood Hill Park
8:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for early morning birding at Inwood Hill Park.
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Raptor Hike
1:00 p.m.
No walk through Fort Greene is complete without spotting the resident pair of red-tailed...
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Vigorous Hiking in Inwood Hill Park
10:00 a.m.
Visit the red-tailed hawk nest, explore the Indian caves, and enjoy the beautiful views of...
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Riverside Red-Tails Reunion
11:00 a.m.
Reconnect with the adored pair of red-tailed hawks that continue to raise their young in...
Location: River Run Playground (in Riverside Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Moderate Hike: Tree-mendous Trees
11:00 a.m.
Learn to identify different types of trees and discover the important role trees play in...
Location: Parking Lot, intersection of 33rd Avenue and 214th Place (in Crocheron Park), Queens
Cost: Free

It's a Spring Thing
1:00 p.m.
Ring in the spring with the sounds of nature.  Take a peep at the peepers on a...
Location: Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Plight of the Plover
1:00 p.m.
Learn about the trails and tribulations that the piping plover, a tiny endangered...
Location: Beach 38th Street and Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach), Queens
Cost: Free

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