Monday, March 19, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of March 24, 2012 - March 25, 2012:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, March 24, 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 25, 2012, 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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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, March 25th, 2012
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Trip Leader: Bob Washburn
Car Fee: $12.00 or via public transportation "A" train
Registrar: James Cooke, email james [AT] jamescooke.net or before 9 PM 516-739-0647
Registration period: March 13th- March 22nd
Focus: late winter species, departing ducks, returning marsh waterfowl, sparrows, raptors, early returning spring migrants

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, March 24, 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 24, 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.

Saturday, March 24, 2012, 8am – 11pm
Beginning Birding Field Trip: Central Park
Classes: Mondays, March 12 and March 19, 6:30-8:30pm Trips: Saturday, March 17, 10am-2pm (Jamaica Bay) and Saturday, March 24, 8-11am (Central Park) Instructor: Starr Saphir Learn to identify the birds that migrate northwards through New York City from Central and South America. Includes two classes and two trips—one to Central Park to see vireos, warblers, and tanagers, and one to Jamaica Bay to see herons, egrets, and shorebirds. Limited to 13. $85 for package of 2 trips and 2 classes. Click here to register

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Lenore Figueroa 718-343-1391
Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike.
Trips start at 9:30 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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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, March 24, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
High Rock Park and Pouch Camp
Early migrating birds begin to arrive with the first signs of spring. Kinglets and Phoebes should be present in the woods. Learn to identify migrating waterfowl in flight or on Orbach Lake and the surrounding kettle ponds. Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot and be prepared for muddy trails. Waterproof sneakers or boots are suggested.
For more information call Howie Fisher at 718-981-4002.

Sunday, March 25, 2012, 3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.
Deer, Doves and Ducks
Walk the length of River Road, the southern boundary of the defunct NASCAR site. Discover the beauty of the area while we search out roaming deer, and an assortment of birds with a focus on migrating waterfowl. The fresh water, tidal creeks and salty Kill provide a variety of habitat for an array of birds. Meet at the corner of River Road and Chelsea Avenue.
For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718- 313-8591.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, March 24, 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!

Exploring the Water Cycle
11:00 a.m.
Is our unusual weather part of a natural pattern, or are we experiencing a global...
Location: Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
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: High Rock Ranger Station (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
Free!

Introduction to Birdwatching
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind? Take a tour and learn about the...
Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Free!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Freshkills Park March Birding Tour
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join us as we search for the birds of Freshkills Park along the site's wetlands, creeks and...
Location: Eltingville Transit Center (in Freshkills Park), Staten Island
Free!

Birding: Eagles
1:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to...
Location: Raoul Wallenberg Forest at 232 Street (in Riverdale Park), Bronx
Free!

William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge Hike
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Join the Greenbelt Educators on a hike around the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge. We'll...
Location: Native Plant Center, Staten Island
Free!

Exploring the Water
1:00 p.m.
Is our unusual weather part of a natural pattern, or are we experiencing a global...
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
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

Discover Tours
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Talk a walk with one of our naturalists to watch for animals, and investigate little-known...
Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Free!

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