Monday, November 14, 2011

Upcoming Nature trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of November 19th - November 20th, 2011:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, November 19, 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 20, 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 19, 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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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, November 19, 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!

Saturday, November 19, 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 19, 2011, 9am – 2pm
Van Trip to the Winter Waterfowl Workshop
Register for our van trip to the Winter Waterfowl Workshop, and get to Jamaica Bay the easy way! Transport by passenger van. Limited to 12. $20 Click here to register!

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 9am – 12pm
Ornithology 101 Field Trip
Instructors: Susan Elbin, Ph.D. and John Rowden, Ph.D Join Director of Conservation Susan Elbin and Associate Director of Citizen Science John Rowden for this great opportunity to study the flying marvels we call birds, in depth and in a small-class setting. Adapted from a recent university course, Ornithology 101 will provide a fascinating survey of bird evolution, biology and behavior. Included are two field trips: The first to Central Park during fall passerine migration, and the second providing free transport to the Winter Waterfowl Workshop at Jamaica Bay NWR. Don't miss this chance to enrich your understanding of the wonderful world of birds. Limited to 12. $150 for course of 5 classes and 2 field trips. Click here to register!

Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10am – 1pm
Winter Waterfowl Workshop
Guide: Don Riepe Meet at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for a slide ID program and walk to look for wintering waterfowl. Learn about their behavior and biology, and how to identify them in the field. To register, contact Don Riepe at 718-318-9344 or donriepe [AT] gmail.com. Limited to 25. Free.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, November 19, 2011, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop, LaTourette Blue Trail
Meet at the bike path entrance on the Old Mill Road next to St. Andrews Church (the old one). We will walk to the T-junction of the bike path where we will turn up the Blue Trail and cut invasive vines that strangle saplings along the trail. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 185th consecutive monthly workshop), we will take a short walk over nearby trails.
For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036, or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Minitrip Pelham Bay Park
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530
Meet: 7:45am walk starts 8am
See map http://tinyurl.com/yhlsq7k
Birding Site Maps page https://sites.google.com/site/qcbirdclub/birding-site-maps

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, November 19, 2011

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

Moderate Nature Exploration Hike
11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Raoul Wallenberg Forest at 232 Street (in Riverdale Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nature Drawing
11:00 a.m.
It has been said that art takes nature as its model. The beauty of nature has inspired many...
Location: River Run Playground (in Riverside Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

Nature Photography
1:00 p.m.
It has been said that art takes nature as its model. The beauty of nature has inspired many...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Cost: Free

The Night Sky
9:00 p.m.
The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered and New York City parks are the...
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
Cost: Free

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