Monday, September 05, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of September 10th - September 11th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, September 10, 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.

Sunday, September 11, 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, September 10, 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, September 10, 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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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Prospect Park
Meet: 7:15 am at Grand Army Plaza entrance (Stranahan Statue)
Trip Leader: Tom Stephenson
Focus: Migration peak autumn passerines

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Leader & Registrar: Gil Schrank (gschrankny [AT] aol.com)
Registration opens Monday 8/29. Ride $15.

Sunday, September 11, 2011
Ft. Tilden and Breezy Pt.
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Taeko Tsujimoto
Registration opens Monday 8/29. Ride: $20.

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Alley Pond Park
Meet: 8 a.m. with QCBC
Leader: Eric Miller (917-279-7530)

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, September 10, 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, September 10, 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, September 11, 2011, 8am – 11am
Fall Warblers (Class and Trip)
Where: 72nd St. and Central Park West, New York, NY
Class: Wednesday, September 7, 6:30-8:30pm Trip: Sunday, September 11, time 8-11am Instructor: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC Learn to identify the 30-plus species of warblers that visit Central Park during fall migration, and then reinforce what you’ve learned in the field. Limited to 12. $40 for package of class and trip.
Click here to register!

Sunday, September 11, 2011, 9:30am – 11:30am
Fall Birding at Wave Hill
Guide: Gabriel Willow With Wave Hill Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. Reservations recommended, online at www.wavehill.org, by calling 718-549-3200 x245 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

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, September 10, 2011, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Reeds Basket Willow
Discover this hidden natural park in Dongan Hills. We’ll visit the three bodies of water in the park and hike through the woodlands. Although none of the willows grown by the Reed family still exist, the woodlands and stream are still home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Meet at the Spring Street entrance in Dongan Hills.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718 869-6327.

Sunday, September 11, 2011, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Monarch Migration at Great Kills Park
The magnificent migration of millions of Monarchs, the species’ entire population, pushes toward the mountains of Mexico each autumn and the best place to witness this marvel of nature is along the beaches of Great Kills Park. Meet in the parking lot at the intersection of Hylan Blvd and Buffalo St. at the entrance to the park.
For more information call Cliff Hagen at (718) 313-8591.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, September 10, 2011
MiniTrip Alley Pond Park
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Meet 7:45am @ 76th Ave lot walk starts 8am
See map http://tinyurl.com/mrvzab
Birding Site Maps page https://sites.google.com/site/qcbirdclub/birding-site-maps

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, September 10, 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: Cornelia Avenue and Chester Avenue (in Wolfes Pond Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Nature Exploration (moderate)
11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress.  Regardless of the...
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

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