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Monday, August 08, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of August 13th - August 14th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, August 13, 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.

Macy's Fishing Clinics
Saturdays in July and August, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Learn how to fish at Prospect Park!

Sunday, August 14, 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


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, August 14th, 2011
Shorebirds at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Trip Leader: Tom Stephenson
Focus: Shorebirds peak
Car Fee: 12.00
Registrar: Bob Washburn email nyc_bob [AT] or call 212-737-4157
Registration period: August 2nd - August 11th
Note: High Tide is 9:37 am when the freshwater ponds are most productive


Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
Saturday, August 13, 2011, 1pm – 5pm
Canoe on Gowanus Canal
Bring a friend for a self-guided Canoe trip sponsored by the Gowanus Dredgers to raise awareness of Harbor Issues
Unless otherwise noted, Gowanus canoeing events depart from 2nd St. near Bond St.
Directions to 2nd St. Canal Launch Site: Take the F Line or G Line to Carroll Street - exit to front of Bklyn-bound train and walk three blocks down 2nd Street to the Canal (away from Smith St). For a calender of walk-up canoeing events at each location Click Here


Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, August 14, 2011
18th Annual Tom Davis Memorial Shorebird Walk at Jamaica Bay
Leader and Registrar: Sean Sime (sean [AT]
Registration opens Monday 8/1.
Public transportation.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, August 13, 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, August 13, 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.

Sunday, August 14, 2011, 9:30am – 11:30am
Wave Hill: Birding Along the Hudson
Guide: Gabriel Willow With Wave Hill Explore the Hudson River’s avian ecology starting at the tip of Manhattan and migrating north. Walks are every 2nd and 4th Sunday, and alternate between Wave Hill and other Hudson River sites. Wave Hill: Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center and Explore Wave Hill's woodlands and gardens on nature discovery walks. Ideal for ages 10 and up. Registration recommended: online, by calling 718.549.3200 x305 or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Severe weather cancels (For weather-related updates, call 718.549.3200 x245 by 8am the day of the walk). $10 for Wave Hill or NYC Audubon members/$18 non-members.

Sunday, August 14, 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. Register with New York Water Taxi online by clicking here, or by phone at 212-742-1969. Limited to 100. $35 for adults, $25 for children under 12.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, August 13, 2011, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 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.


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, August 14, 2011
MiniTrip - Jamaica Bay East Pond
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Fall migration of shorebirds on the East Pond! High Tide 8:53 AM
Remember to bring knee-high boots or waders, scope, and bug spray.
Meet 7:45am @ North End Lot walk starts 8am
See map -
Birding Site Maps page


We will be meeting in the Visitor's Center Lot per Eric.
Due to the instability of the weather, the trip may be canceled. Use common sense, your discretion, or call Eric if you have questions about the trip status.


Staten Island Museum
Sunday, August 14, 2011 (3:00pm - 5:00pm)
Great Kills Park
The "Salt Flats" at Great Kills is Staten Islands hot spot for migrating shorebirds and waders. Come and enjoy and afternoon watching and learning how the group of birds feeds and flies on their way to southern realms for the winter months.
Meet in Lot "A" along Buffalo St.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, August 13, 2011

Advanced Canoeing
11:00 a.m.
Few truly unique experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. The...
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Basic Canoeing
11:00 a.m.; 3:00 p.m.
Few truly unique experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. The...
Location: The Harlem Meer, outside of Lasker Pool (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Basic Canoeing
11:00 a.m.; 2:00 p.m.
Few truly unique experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. The...
Location: Comfort Station near Eton Place and Richmond Avenue (in Willowbrook Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Seining the Shores
2:00 p.m.
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world....
Location: South Beach, Staten Island
Cost: Free

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