Monday, November 07, 2011

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of November 12th - November 13th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, November 12, 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, November 13, 2011, 10 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.

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, November 12, 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, November 12, 2011
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Trip Leader: Gabriel Willow
Focus: Waterfowl, arriving winter species, possible rarity
Car pool fee: $ 10.00
Registrar: James Cooke, email james [AT] jamescooke.net or before 9 PM 516-739-0647
Registration period: Nov 1st - Nov 10th

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Jamaica Bay 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.

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, November 12, 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.

Saturday, November 12, 2011
Beginning Birding (Field Trip)
Instructor: Starr Saphir Even if you've never picked up a pair of binoculars, you’ll soon be identifying warblers, sparrows, waterfowl, and more. Classes adaptive to the needs and interests of students, and field trips to Jamaica Bay and Central Park. Limited to 13. $85 for package of 2 classes and 2 field trips
Click here to register!

Sunday, November 13, 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, November 12, 2011, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
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 call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Sunday, November 13, 2011, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Geologic Tour of Graniteville Quarry Park with Dr. Alan Benimoff
He discovered a rare sequence of 200 million year old rocks here back in 1977. He will also show you evidence that a glacier flowed over this area about 22,000 years ago. Meet on the South side of Forest Ave between Van Name and Simonson Ave.
For more information contact Dr. Benimoff at 718-477-1974 or e-mail alan.benimoff [AT] csi.cuny.edu

Sunday, November 13, 2011, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Owl Prowl at High Rock Park
Explore the dark corners of High Rock Park and search for owls with Cliff Hagen. Walk the trails at night and seek out the quiet areas that owls prefer to hunt. A bright moon will light the way, but flashlights are acceptable. Meet in the main parking lot atop Nevada Avenue.
For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, November 13, 2011
minitrip Floyd Bennett Field
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Meet: 7:45am walk starts 8am
See map http://tinyurl.com/yhqsa6x
Birding Site Maps page

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Staten Island Museum
November 13, 2011 (9:00am - 11:00am)
Ecology Walk: Great Kills Park (FREE)
Join the annual Bill Flamm Walk out to Crooke's Point in search of migrant bird-life that section of Natural History member Bill Flamm so enjoyed. Meet in last parking area before Crooke's Point.
Call Seth Wollney for more information at 718.483.7105

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Fitness Hike
11:00 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.
This is a two-hour trek over hills and fairly rugged terrain with less talking and more...
Location: Mosholu Avenue & Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Fitness Hike
11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Mosholu Avenue & Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Fall Foliage Hike (Light)
11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Rose and Oak Avenues (in Kissena Park), Queens
Cost: Free

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

Woodland Walk
1:00 p.m.
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world....
Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Astronomy
5:00 p.m.
The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered and New York City parks are the...
Location: Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Night Hike
7:00 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, November 13, 2011

Nature Exploration
11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Moderate Orienteering
11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Clove Lakes Park Playground (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island
Cost: Free

Wilderness Survival
12:00 p.m.
What would you do if you found yourself lost in the woods? Do you know how to build your...
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Birding: Winter Waterfowl
1:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to...
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Moderate Fall Foliage Hike
3:00 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Cost: Free

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