Monday, June 13, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of June 18th - June 19th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, June 18, 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 19, 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

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, June 18, 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

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Central Park Nature Walk
Leader: Sarah Elliott
No Registration.
Meet at Boathouse at 9:30 a.m.

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Littoral Society
June 18, 2011 (10am-1pm)
Horseshoe Crabs and Terrapins
Meet 10 am at Jamaica Bay Refuge center for a hike around the West Pond to look for mating horseshoe crabs and shorebirds. WQe'll also look for diamondback terrapins coming ashore to lay eggs. Bring boots and binoculars.
Call (718) 318-9344; E-mail: donriepe [AT] gmail.com. With NYC Audubon

June 18, 2011 (4-7pm)
Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise
Learn about the history, ecology and wildlife of the bay aboard the 100' boat " Golden Sunshine" leaving from pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay. See egrets, herons, peregrine falcon, osprey, oystercatcher, terns, shorebirds and waterfowl. Cost: $45 includes narrated tour plus wine and cheese, drink, fruit, snacks. Call (718) 318-9344 to reserve; e-mail: donriepe [AT] gmail.com. With NYC Audubon
Dress warmly as it is cooler on the water and bring binoculars. Give yourself enough time to park on Emmons Ave. or side streets and check signs. To reserve, send check to Don Riepe, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693. (Make check out to American Littoral Society).
Directions:
By car (heading west on Belt Parkway). Get off at exit 9 ( Knapp Street). Make a left at light go down to Emmons Avenue. Make a right and continue about 1 mile to Bedford Avenue. Park on Emmons Ave or side streets. Plan enough time for parking and traffic...
By car ( heading east on Belt Parkway). Get off at exit 9a ( Knapp Street) and make a right at the first street you can ( one way). Go to end ( Emmons Avenue). Make a right and continue about ½ mile to Bedford Avenue. Park on Emmons Ave. or side streets.
By train:
Take the Q-Train to Sheepshead Bay station. Turn right after leaving station and walk along Sheepshead Bay Road to Emmons Avenue. Boats are to your left. Walk to Pier 2 ( Emmons and Bedford Avenues). Lost? Late? Call me: (917) 371-8577 and I'll try to pick you up. If late, take car service or look for my gray Toyota Corolla as I will visit station to pick up stragglers.
Note - The trip goes rain or shine (within reason). Any doubt about weather call (718) 318-9344 after noon on the cruise date for any last minute decision. Rain date: June 19.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, June 18, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Clove Lakes Park
Meet by the Maintenance Building at the intersection of Slosson and Drake Avenues. We will spend two hours removing alien invasive plants from areas chosen by the Natural Resources Group. If you don't have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After the work session (our 180th 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.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 18, 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

Wild for Wildflowers
11:00 a.m.
Spring is here and the flowers are blooming. Take this guided nature walk to learn...
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Light Hike: The Bridges of Central Park
11:00 a.m.
Learn about Central Park's majestic bridges and arches as you hike through the park....
Location: Columbus Circle (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Canoeing: Island Hopping
11:00 a.m.
Paddle yourself out of the lagoon and past unexplored islands of the Long Island Sound....
Location: Canoe and Kayak Launch (northwest corner of Orchard Beach parking lot) (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Moderate Hike: Eco-Father's Day
11:00 a.m.
Stay in shape with the whole family as we explore the trails of Blue Heron Park. Wear...
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
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: Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Basic Canoeing
11:00 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.
Bring the whole family for a wonderful aquatic experience for canoers at all levels of...
Location: The Harlem Meer, outside of Lasker Pool (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Turtles, Salamanders and Snakes...Oh My!
12:00 p.m.
Let's walk through the park and try to fine the reptiles and amphibians coming out of hibernation.
Location: Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Light Hike: The Fort
1:00 p.m.
Enjoy this wonderful day with a walking tour of the Fort Totten grounds. Hospitals,...
Location: Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Light Hike: The Cass Gallagher Trail
2:00 p.m.
The cool hardwood forest in the northwest section of Van Cortlandt Park is a wonderful...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

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