Monday, September 26, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of October 1st - October 2nd, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, October 1, 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, October 2, 2011, 8 a.m.
Early Morning Bird Walk: Hawks
October is Hawk Month! FREE

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Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
Saturday, October 1, 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, October 1, 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 October 1, 2011
Fort Tilden Hawk workshop
Trip Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Learning hawks in flight; passing passerines from Battery East summit platform
Car pool fee: $ 10.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, Email Prosbird [AT] aol.com or TEXT Message 347-622-3559
Note: the Green Line Q35 bus drops off at Ft. Tilden from Flatbush and Nostrand Avenues for latecomers
See www.hopstop.com for directions
Registration period: Sept 20th-Sept 27th

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 8am
Green-Wood Cemetery
Leaders: Rob Jett
No registration.
Meet at Main Gate (25th Street and Fifth Ave., Brooklyn) at 8 a.m..
Public transportation.

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7:00am – 8:30am
Fall Migrants of Woodlawn Cemetery
Guides: Peter Joost and Joseph McManus With Friends of Woodlawn Cemetery
Meet at the Jerome Avenue Entrance of Woodlawn Cemetery. Join us for a morning birdwalk on the lovely wooded grounds of Woodlawn Cemetery, with two expert birding guides: NYC Audubon's Peter Joost and Friends of Woodlawn's Joseph McManus. Attendees will learn about the birds of Woodlawn and look for fall migrants and year-round residents on the cemetery grounds -- which are home to one of the largest collection of trees in an urban setting in the U.S.
Limited to 15. $20
Click here to register!

Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7:30am – 10:30am
StarrTrips in Central Park
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, October 1, 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, October 2, 2011, 9am – 12pm
Randall's Island Fall Migration Walk
Guide: Gabriel Willow Meet on the N.W. corner of 102nd Street and the FDR Drive. We'll walk across the foot bridge to Randall's Island, a prime spot for viewing birds during fall migration due to its location in the East River. As we bird, we’ll explore the results of recent restoration efforts. Two miles of walking and some modest climbs.
Limited to 20. $20 Click here to register!

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, October 1, 2011, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Page Ave Beach
We’ll begin with a look at the local geology then move to examining the flotsam and jetsam accumulated at the high tide lines to see what nature's debris has to tell us. As the water recedes with the tide we'll move into the intertidal zone to find out what sorts of living things survive in this challenging environment. A variety of crabs, snails, clams, oysters (NY/NJ Baykeeper Oyster Garden), worms and small fish are likely to be discovered. It's going to be muddy so dress appropriately. Meet at the parking lot at the bottom of Page Avenue below Hylan Blvd.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, October 2, 2011, 8am
MiniTrip Jamaica Bay
Leader: Ian Resnick 917-626-9562 Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Meet: 7:45am @ visitor center walk starts 8am
See map http://tinyurl.com/28orv9d
See "Birding Site Maps" page for more info https://sites.google.com/site/qcbirdclub/birding-site-maps

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 1, 2011

Nature Exploration Light Hike
1:00 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Raptor Fest
12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Learn all about the majestic raptors at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Hawks, falcons,...
Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

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