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Monday, June 06, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of June 11th - June 12th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, June 11, 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, June 12, 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, June 11, 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 June 11th, 2011
Wings at Four Sparrow Marsh Preserve and the Marine Park region
Trip Leader: Steve Nanz
Focus: Birds, breeders, Odonata (dragonflies), and insects
Car Fee: $10.00
Registrar: Heidi Steiner email heidi.steiner [AT] or call before 8 PM (718) 369-2116
Registration period: May 31st - June 9th


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, June 11, 2011, 8:30am – 10:30am
Trinity Cemetery/ Audubon Park Historic District, Manhattan, NY
Guides: John Rowden, Matthew Spady With the Riviera Centennial Committee Meet at 790 Riverside Drive (at 157th St.). As part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of 790 Riverside Drive, the largest of Audubon Park Historic District’s buildings, explore nearby Trinity Cemetery, adjacent to the original site of John James Audubon’s home. Look for residents and late spring migrants, and learn about the area’s history (including a visit to Audubon's tomb). Refreshments before and after the walk at 790 Riverside Drive. No limit. Free. Other events during the day in Audubon Park include art shows from 1 to 4 p.m. at the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the Hispanic Society of America. Enter the museums at Audubon Terrace at 155th to 156th Streets and Broadway. Visit for details.

Saturday, June 11, 9am – 1pm
Biking and Birding: Clove Lakes Park and Silver Lake Park, Staten Island
Guide: Gabriel Willow Meet at the Staten Island Ferry, Manhattan side. Journey to the borough of Staten Island to discover some of its best birding spots. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across and then ride to Staten Island's premier " migrant traps," Clove Lakes and Silver Lake parks. Bring binoculars, water, lunch, and your bicycle. Limited to 15. $30. Click here to register!

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Sunset Eco-Cruises to Harbor Heron Islands
Guide: Gabriel Willow With New York Water Taxi Meet at South Street Seaport's Pier 17. Experience the wonders of New York's famous harbor at sunset and see some of the three thousand herons, egrets, and ibis nesting on islands around the harbor. To register, contact New York Water Taxi at 212-742-1969. Limited to 100. $35 for adults, $25 for children under 12.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Sunday, June 12, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Conference House Beach
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 evidence of the human occupation of the area, observe local geology and discover what the natural and unnatural 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.

Sunday, June 12, 2011, 10:00 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Night Life of Blue Heron Park
Join owl enthusiast, Cliff Hagen, to discover what happens in the park at dark. Search for owls, bats, moths and other nocturnal neighbors. Blue Heron Park is a freshwater wetland that hosts a terrific collection of mammals, birds, amphibians and insects. Meet on Poillon Ave. just outside the nature center between Amboy Road and Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Cliff Hagen at (718) 313 -8591.


Staten Island Museum
Sunday, June 12, 2011 (8:00 am)
Eco Walk: Life in the Tidal Zone
Discover crabs, snails, sand worms and more that make the Tidal Zone the engine of Raritan Bay.
Meet at the parking area at the end of Page Avenue.
Contact Seth Wollney (718) 483-7105 for more information.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 11, 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

Vigorous Hike: Get Healthy
10:00 a.m.
Let your feet do the walking while we do the talking on this fast-paced outing.
Location: Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Basic Canoeing
11:00 a.m.
This quiet lake is perfect for learning the basics of canoeing. Canoeing is a great way to...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Moses Builds a Beach: A Hike Through Orchard Beach
1:00 p.m.
On this moderate hike, learn how urban developer Robert Moses left a lasting imprint on the...
Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park-Orchard Beach), Bronx
Cost: Free

Orienteering Point-to-Point Adventure
2:00 p.m.
Grab a compass and navigate your way through the park, moving from clue to clue. Equipment...
Location: Conference House Park Visitors Center (in Conference House Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Discover Tour: Prospect Park in Bloom Hike
3:00 p.m.
Spring is here and the flowers and trees are blooming.  Take this guided nature walk...
Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Sunday, June 12, 2011

"One in a Million" Tree-mendous Walk
1:00 p.m.
Learn to identify different types of trees and discover the important role trees play in...
Location: Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

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