Monday, January 02, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of January 7, 2012 - January 8, 2012:

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, January 7, 2012
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 January 7, 2012
Coney Island region with "The City Birder"
Trip Leader: Rob Jett
Meet: 7:30 am at Dunkin Donuts at the Stillwell Ave train station main entrance on Surf Avenue
Trains to this station are "F", "Q", "D" or "N"
Focus: winter birds, coastal species, raptors, ducks and other waterfowl

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, January 7, 2012, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walk
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 residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics. For more information, please call 718-548-0912. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, January 7, 2012, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Great Kills Park
Join Howie Fischer as he searches for sparrows, lark, swallows and warblers surviving a harsh winter on the natural bounty of Crooke’s Point. Also, scan the waters offshore to see a collection of waterfowl, possibly numbering in the thousands.
For more information call Howie Fischer at 718-981-4002.

Sunday, January 8, 2012, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Owl Prowl at Blue Heron Park
The deep cold of winter sends signals to resident owls to begin courtship. Visit the park at night and listen to the calls of screech owls and great horned owls during a quiet walk through the dark corners of Blue Heron Park. Meet at Blue Heron Park Nature Center, 222 Poillon Avenue.
For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591.

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Staten Island Museum
January 8, 2012, 9:00am - 11:00am
Long Pond Park
Join the Nature Section for a walk through this winter wonderland to search for wintering birds, deer, and other chilly wildlife. Meet at PS 6 on Page Ave. in Tottenville.
For more information call Seth Wollney at 718.483.7105

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, January 7, 2012

Bird Walks
8:00 a.m.
Focus on wildlife happenings in the park with NYC Audubon experts & the Urban Park...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Free!

Removing Invasive Plants
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join us at the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center to help remove invasive plants and get the...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Free!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons. Take a walking tour of the...
Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
Free!

Garden and Conservatory Walk at Wave Hill
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.
Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx

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