Monday, January 16, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of January 21, 2012 - January 22, 2012:

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, January 21, 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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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Pelham Bay Park For Owls
Leader: Rob Jett a.k.a. The City Birder
Registrar: Louise Fraza (louisefraza [AT] yahoo.com)
Registration opens Monday 1/9.
Ride: $15.

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, January 21, 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 21, 2012, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop in the Egbertville Ravine
Meet at the entry road to the Eger Home close to the intersection of Manor Road and Rockland Avenue. We will collect trash from the borders of the pond and the wooded edges of the roads. Protectors will supply bags and, if you don’t have your own, gloves. After a two hour work session (our 187th 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.

Sunday, January 22, 2012, 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nature Center to Egbertville Ravine
Meet at the Nature Center at Rockland and Brielle. We will follow the White Trail south to Nevada Avenue and back. Those interested in a shorter walk can meet us at 12:00 noon at the side of Meisner Road (toward the Eger Home) by the intersection of Meisner and Rockland.
Call Hillel Lofaso at 781-751-6629 for more details.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Bird Walks
8:00 a.m.
Focus on wildlife happenings in the park with NYC Audubon experts and the Urban Park...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Free!

Nature Exploration (Light)
11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Conference House Park Visitors Center (in Conference House Park), Staten Island
Free!

Wilderness Survival
1:00 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
Free!

Plant Survival Strategies: Part 4 of Your Park Is Nature's Classroom for Kids
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Ever wonder how your favorite park's trees survive big city life? Join environmental...
Location: Inwood Hill Nature Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan

Astronomy
6:00 p.m.
The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered and New York City parks are the...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Free!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Freshkills Park January Birding Tour
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join us for our first tour of 2012 as we search for the birds of Freshkills Park along the...
Location: Eltingville Transit Center (in Freshkills Park), Staten Island
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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