Monday, April 16, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

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

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, April 21, 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, April 22, 2012
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, April 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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Littoral Society
April 21 and 22, 2012
EARTH DAY
Shoreline Cleanups at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn and Dubos Point, Queens.
Call Don for details (718) 318-9344
e-mail: donriepe [T] gmail.com
Groups welcome.

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 7:30am – 10:30am
StarrTrips
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday mornings in Central Park, Monday, April 2 – Wednesday, May 30 Join Starr Saphir for bird watching in Central Park. On Saturdays, meet at 7:30am sharp at 103rd and Central Park West (park-side). All Starr Trips are non-smoking. No registration necessary. For more information, call Starr at 917-306-3808. $8 ($4 for full time students)

Saturday, April 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.

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Earth Day Nature Journaling at Wave Hill
Guide: Gabriel Willow With Wave Hill Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Join naturalist and artist Gabriel Willow on a journey sketching and journaling through the Wave Hill landscape, recording plants, flowers and bird species, as you deepen your observational powers and connect with nature. No drawing experience required; materials provided. Advanced registration is recommended, either online, at the Perkins Visitor Center, or by calling 718-549-3200 x305. (Walks run rain or shine; in case of severe weather, call the number above at x245 for updates.) Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. $10 NYC Audubon and Wave Hill members/$18 non-members. Click here to register

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, April 21, 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, April 21, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Old Mill Road
We’ll follow the multi-use trail overlooking Fresh Kills, pass the famous Hessian Spring as it crosses the path and view Fresh Kills estuary and work our way to the remains of Ketchum’s Mill. We’ll observe traces of the past, examine the present woodland ecosystems and search for evidence of present inhabitants especially deer. Meet in the lot alongside St. Andrew’s Church on Old Mill Road.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop at the Greenbelt Nature Center
Meet in the Nature Center parking lot at Rockland Avenue and Brielle (additional parking at the Recreation Center nearby). We will be working alongside volunteers for New York Cares removing invasive vines and other plants from the vicinity of the Nature Trail. Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. After a two hour work session (our 190th 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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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
All walks start at 9:30 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
Any questions please Call Steve at (516) 987-8103.
For directions to our bird-watching locations, click here.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 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!

Birding
8:00 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Free!

Birding: Spring Migrants
10:00 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to...
Location: Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
Free!

Nature Exploration Hike (light)
11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the...
Location: Clove Lakes Park Playground (in Clove Lakes 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!

Earth Day Garden Walk at Wave Hill
12:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day on this kid-friendly garden walk. Hunt for early-blooming flowers,...
Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
Free!

Kids' Beach Exploration
1:00 p.m.
We connect with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world. Children who...
Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park-Orchard Beach), Bronx
Free!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Earth Day Hike
10:00 a.m.
Learn about the history of the environmental conservation movement on Staten Island and how...
Location: 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
Free!

Earth Day Nature Journaling at Wave Hill
12:30 p.m.
Sketching and journaling are wonderful tools for closer observation of the natural world....
Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx

Earth Day Special! Exploring Hallett and The Pond
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Take a break to enjoy the Park on this one hour walk through the Park's smallest woodland...
Location: 6th Avenue and Central Park South (in Central 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

Earth Day Special! Amble Through the Ramble
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Pass over streams, under arches, through the woods along a maze of pathways in this...
Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
Free!

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!

Nocturnal Wildlife
7:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to...
Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
Free!

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