Monday, April 11, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of April 16th - 17th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, April 16, 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 17, 2011

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 16, 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
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Green-Wood Cemetery hawkwatch
Meet 9am at the main gate 25th St and 5th Ave
Trip Leader: Rob Jett a.k.a The City Birder
Note: other birds will be pursued at the leader's discretion. Nearest train is the "R" train to 25th Street. Directions here.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Floyd Bennett Field for Woodcocks
Leader: Paul Keim
Registrar: Lenore Swenson
Registration opens Monday 4/4.
Ride: $15.


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 7:30am – 10:30am
StarrTrips in Central Park
Join Starr Saphir for bird watching in Central Park. On Mondays and Wednesdays, meet at 7:30am sharp at 81st and Central Park West (SE corner). On Tuesdays, meet at 9am sharp at 103rd and Central Park West (parkside). 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 16, 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 16, 2011, 10am – 1pm
Photo-Workshop, Songbird Migrants in Prospect Park
Guide: Steve Nanz Meet at the Grand Army Plaza park entrance at the James Samuel Thomas Stranahan statue, across the street from Brooklyn Library. Prospect Park’s varied landscapes provide crucial habitat for multiple species of migratory songbirds. Shoot songbirds and learn insect macro-photography using conservation-friendly field techniques. Digital cameras are appropriate, long and short lenses if possible. Limited to 8. $50 Click here to register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, April 16, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Moses Mountain to SeaView
Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park. If you arrive late, walk to the first bend of the entry road, follow the Yellow Trail to Moses Mountain and take the unmarked trail to the right toward SeaView where we will be removing invasive vines that strangle or pull down shrubs and saplings. If you don't have your own, Protectors will supply pruners, gloves and refreshments. After a two hour work session (our 178th 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.

Sunday, April 17, 2011, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Spring Birding at Clove Lakes Park
Spring trees are flush with newly hatched insects which help nourish countless numbers of birds flying to breeding areas up north. Clove Lakes Park offers views of these passerines without the need to strain one’s neck to look in the canopy. From atop the valley of Clove one can look down at the birds busy feeding in the treetops. Meet on the Martlings Avenue bridge.
For more information call Howie Fischer at (718) 981-4002.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 16, 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...
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

Spring Migration
10:00 a.m.
Along with the temperatures, migration season is heating up! Welcome our fine-feathered...
Location: 72nd Road and Grand Central Parkway Service Road (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Discover Tour: Water Course Hike
3:00 p.m.
Travel the water course of Prospect Park.  From the Lullwater and Fall Kills to The...
Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Bio-diversity Hike
11:00 a.m.
Central Park is a thriving ecosystem full of biodiversity. Discover the insects,...
Location: Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Canoeing Basics
11:00 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.
Explore the tranquility of Martling Pond while getting to know inhabitants like egrets,...
Location: Martling Pond (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Vigorous Hike: Earth Day Eco-Trek
12:00 p.m.
Pay your respects to Mother Earth on an extended hike through Pelham Bay Park....
Location: Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

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