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Monday, October 03, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of October 8th - October 9th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, October 8, 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 9, 2011, 8 a.m.
Discover Tour
Every Sunday, 3 p.m.
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.


Gowanus Dredgers Canoe Club
Saturday, October 8, 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


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, October 8, 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


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday October 9th, 2011
"Friends walk", Prospect Park
Meet 8:00 am at Grand Army Plaza entrance (Stranahan Statue)
Trip Leader: There is no designated leader for this walk; birders can meet at the time designated and walk as a group this holiday weekend.
Walk suggestions:
Focus: peak Fall passerines migration


Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Leader's Choice For Sparrows and Other Migrants
Leader and Registrar: Lenore Swenson
Registration opens Monday 9/26. Ride: TBD.


Littoral Society of New York
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Fall Raptor Migration Walk
Meet at building 1, Ft. Tilden for a hike along the trails. Visit the hawk watch platform high up on the top of Battery Harris East Bunker. Enjoy a great view of the ocean and NYC harbor and see sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Kestrel, merlin, peregrine, osprey, and maybe a bald eagle. Call (718) 318-9344 to reserve; e-mail: donriepe [AT] ... With Gateway NRA - Free!


North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Lenore Figueroa (718-343-1391)
Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike.
Trips start at 9 a.m. unless otherwise indicated.
Please note: all phone numbers are area code 516 unless otherwise indicated. In most cases, the contacts are also leaders for the respective walks.
Click Site Finder for directions.
We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, October 8, 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, October 8, 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 9, 2011, 8am – 10am
Members-only Walk in Prospect Park
NYC Audubon Board member Steve Nanz will lead you through Prospect Park searching for fall migrants, focusing on sparrows and other late Neotropical species, raptors, and early winter species. Free for NYC Audubon Members at the Student/Senior level and up. Call Emily Loffredo at 212-691-7483 to register.

Sunday, October 9, 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, 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

Sunday, October 9, 2011, 10am – 1pm
Raptor Migration at Jamaica Bay
Guide: Don Riepe With American Littoral Society Meet at 10am at Bldg. 1 in Fort Tilden for a hike to the hawk watch platform to view falcons, hawks, ospreys and other migrating raptors. We'll also hike along the beach and dunes to look for song and shore birds. For more information, contact Don Riepe at (718) 318-9344 or donriepe [AT] No limit. Free


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, October 8, 2011, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Long Pond Park
From reptiles and amphibians to birds and mammals, we’ll look for signs of animal life during this one and a half mile hike to through the woodlands of Long Pond Park. In addition evidence of the geologic history and human influence on the park will be also be observed. Meet at PS 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue about 3 blocks NW of Hylan Blvd.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at (718) 869-6327.


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Minitrip Kissena Park
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Meet: 7:45am, walk starts 8am. See map
Birding Site Maps page


Staten Island Museum
October 09, 2011, 9:00am - 11:00am
Eco Walk: Wolfe's Pond Park
Join the Nature Section for a search for migrating birds and dragonflies along the beaches at Wolfe's Pond Park. Migrants include warblers, sparrow, darners, and saddlebags.
Meet in main parking lot of Wolfe's Pond Park.
Call Seth Wollney at 718-483-7105 for more information.
Supported in part by HSBC, USA, N.A.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Wildlife Viewing
9:00 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to...
Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Nature Exploration Hike: Orienteering
1:00 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fall Foliage Hike
10:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Union Turnpike and 196th Street (in Cunningham Park), Queens
Cost: Free

Nature Exploration Light Hike
11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Bloomingdale Park Playground (in Bloomingdale Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Nature Exploration Hike
1:00 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

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