Monday, May 21, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of May 26, 2012 - May 28, 2012:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, May 26, 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, May 27, 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, May 26, 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, May 26, 2012
Butterflies, flycatchers and other fine things in Upper Manhattan: Fort Tryon and Inwood Parks
Meet 8 am at Fort Tryon Park south main entrance Margaret Corbin Circle; north end of Fort Washington Ave
Subway "A" train to 190th Street station
Trip Leader: Peter Dorosh, Prosbird [AT] aol.com or 347-622-3559 (text message)
Focus: peaking spring migration
NOTE: Extensive walking and high ground with slope paths especially in Inwood Park. Fort Tryon was designed by Prospect Park's own Frederick Olmstead.
Site Profiles: http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/forttryonpark
http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/inwoodhillpark

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Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, May 26, 2012, 1pm – 5pm
Canoe on the Gowanus Canal
Bring a friend for a self-guided Canoe trip sponsored by the Gowanus Dredgers to raise awareness of Harbor Issues www.gowanuscana​l.org

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Littoral Society
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruises (5-8 PM)
Leave from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn aboard the "Golden Sunshine" for a narrated tour of Jamaica Bay. Learn about the history, ecology, wildlife and management of the refuge and see egrets, herons, osprey, peregrine falcon, terns, shorebirds and waterfowl. Cost: $55 includes tour, wine & cheese, fruit, drink, snacks. Call (718) 318-9344; e-mail: donriepe [AT] gmail.com. (with Gateway NRA and NYC Audubon).

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, May 26, 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, May 26, 2012, 6am – 7pm
Van Cortlandt Bird Walk
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, May 27, 2012, 5pm – 8pm
Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise
Guides: Don Riepe, Mickey Cohen With American Littoral Society
Meet at Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Enjoy a three-hour narrated cruise aboard the 100-foot boat “Golden Sunshine.” Visit backwater marshes near JFK Airport, and learn about the 13,000-acre Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. See nesting peregrine falcons, ospreys, egrets, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Includes refreshments. To register, contact Don Riepe at 718-318-9344 or donriepe [AT] gmail.com. Limited to 140. $45

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 26, 2012

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!

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!

Build a Birdfeeder
1:00 p.m.
We connect with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world. Children who...
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Free!

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