Monday, February 27, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of March 3, 2012 - March 4, 2012:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, March 3, 2012
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, March 4, 2012, 10 a.m.
Morning Bird Walk: Gulls Galore
Meet the amazing birds of Prospect Park on this expert-guided walk. Start your Sunday morning surrounded by nature!
Free

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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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday March 4th, 2012
Prospect Park "First Sunday walk"
Meet 8 am at Prospect Park Audubon Center (Boathouse)
http://www.prospectpark.org/visit/places/audubon
Trip Leader: Michele Dreger, email msdreger [AT] yahoo.com
Focus: late winter species, sparrows, raptors, ducks, returning migrants
Note: nearest train is "Q" train to Prospect Park Station and walk to the Lincoln Road park entrance.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Rescheduled to Sunday, March 11, 2012
Coney Island Pier to Coney Island Creek
Leader: Rob Jett
Registrar: Irene Warschauer (iwarshauer [AT] aol.com)
Registration opens Monday 2/20. Public transportation.
Note: this trip is approximately a four mile walk

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Littoral Society
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Explore the Back Woods at Fort Tilden
Fort Tilden, Bldg. 1, 10:00 a.m. -- noon. Enter the woods with American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen to search for early spring birds, bursting buds and historic fortifications of World War II.

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, March 3, 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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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, March 3, 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.

Sunday, March 4, 2012, 2pm – 4pm
Winter Seals and Waterbirds Eco-Cruise
Meet at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 and come aboard NY Water Taxi’s eco-friendly vessel for a winter adventure in New York Harbor! Look for harbor seals on the rocky shores of Governor’s Island and the more remote Hoffman and Swinburne Islands. Learn about the surprisingly diverse winter birds of New York City, including ducks, geese, loons, and sandpipers, many of which migrate south from the Arctic. See the Statue of Liberty and pass under the Verrazano Bridge. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars. Limited to 60. To register, contact New York Water Taxi at 212-742-1969 or visit their website. $35 for adults; $25 for children 3-12 (no member discount)

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Reed’s 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.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, March 3, 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 Photography: Winter Woods
11:00 a.m.
It has been said that art takes nature as its model. The beauty of nature has inspired many...
Location: Bloomingdale Park Playground (in Bloomingdale 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!

The Night Sky
7:00 p.m.
The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered and New York City parks are the...
Location: Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
Free!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Orienteeering
1:00 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Cunningham Park Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park), Queens
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: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Free!

Orienteeering
1:00 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park), Bronx
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. Free with admission to the...
Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx

The Night Sky
7:00 p.m.
The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered and New York City parks are the...
Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
Free!

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