Monday, August 22, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of August 27th - August 28th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, August 27, 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 28, 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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Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
Saturday, August 27, 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 www.gowanuscanal.org
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

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, August 27, 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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American Littoral Society
August 27, 2011. (7am - 5pm)
5th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival-CANCELLED
Meet at the refuge visitor center at 7am for a hike around the East Pond. Digital slide presentations before & after lunch. Afternoon hike around the West Pond.
Cost: $20/person.
Leaders: Tom Burke, Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe, Lloyd Spitalnik, et. al.
Call (718) 318-9344 to reserve.
E-mail: donriepe [AT] gmail.com.
With NYC Audubon and Gateway NRA

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, August 27, 2011, 7am – 5pm
Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival
-CANCELLED
Instructors: Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe, Lloyd Spitalnik With the American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area Each fall, many thousands of shorebirds pass through NYC on their way to southern destinations. Join NYC Audubon at the 6th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival during peak fall migration. Learn about behavior, biology, and how to identify shorebirds in the field from experts. Bring water, lunch, and binoculars--and wear sensible shoes. The program is free, but donations are requested. Reservations required. For more information or to register, contact Don Riepe at 718-318-9344 or donriepe@gmail.com. Limited to 75. ***MEMBERS-ONLY*** Bus transportation is available from Manhattan to Jamaica Bay. Meet at 71 W. 23rd St. at 6:30am. Free for contributing members at the Student/Senior level and up. Contact Emily Loffredo at 212-691-7483 to reserve a seat.

Saturday, August 27, 2011, 7:30am – 10:30am
StarrTrips in Central Park
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday mornings in Central Park, Saturday, August 20 – Saturday, October 29 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, August 27, 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 28, 2011, 9:30am – 11:30am
Fort Washington Park: 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. Ideal for ages 10 and up. Registration recommended: online, by calling 718.549.3200 x305 or at the Perkins Visitor Center. All necessary information, including meeting location details, will be included in your registration confirmation email from Wave Hill. 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. (Members of other host organizations also enjoy member prices when walks take place at their location.)

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, August 27, 8:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.
Clove Lakes Park
Walk the watercourse of Clove Lakes Park and search for the "early bird specials" of fall. A north wind might bring dozens of species of warblers, and various neo-tropical migrants from the Catskills and Adirondacks on their trip south for the winter.
Meet atop the Martlings Ave. Bridge.
For more information call Howie Fischer at 718-981-4002.

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South Shore Audubon Society
August 28, 2011
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Any questions please Call Steve at (516) 987-8103.
For directions to our bird-watching locations, click here.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, August 27, 2011

Basic Canoeing
11:00 a.m. and 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. and 2:00 p.m.
Few truly unique experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. The…
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Basic Canoeing
12:00 p.m.
Few truly unique experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. The…
Location: Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Birding
2:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to…
Location: Blue Heron Nature Center, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Birds of Prey
2:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to…
Location: High Rock Ranger Station (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Basic Canoeing
11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Few truly unique experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. The…
Location: Martling Avenue and Brooks Pond Place (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

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