Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of July 14, 2012 - July 15, 2012:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Sunday, July 15, 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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Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, July 15, 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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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, July 15, 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, July 14, 2012, 8am – 9:30pm
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, July 15, 2012, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands
Guide: Gabriel Willow With New York Water Taxi Meet at South Street Seaport's Pier 17. We're excited about this summer's ecocruises; we’ve expanded our explorations of the City's island rookeries to three different locations! Depending on which weekend you choose, cruises may visit the fascinating Brother Islands, the large egret and cormorant colonies on Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, or the great expanses of Jamaica Bay. Whichever your destination, you'll experience the wonders of New York's famous harbor at sunset and see some of the three thousand herons, egrets, and ibis nesting on these urban island treasures. To learn about specific cruise dates and register, visit New York Water Taxi online or by phone at 212-742-1969. Limited to 90. Pricing varies by destination.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, July 14, 2012, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Page Avenue Beach and Woodlands
After an examination of the beach geology and the flotsam and jetsam accumulated at the high tide line we will move inland to explore the woodlands. Besides the wildlife we will be looking for old foundations and evidence of human occupation in the past few centuries. Dress sturdily, including water-proof footwear and comfortable clothing. We will meet at the Lenape Playground at the corner of Billop Street and Swinnerton Avenue.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

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Staten Island Museum
Sunday, July 15, 2012, 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Dragonfly Atlas Workshop
Location: High Rock Park
Free
Join Staten Island’s dragonfly experts for a visit to the ponds at High Rock Park. Identification skills and use of the identification key will be covered. Meet at the High Rock parking lot at the end of Nevada Ave.
For more information call Seth Wollney at 718.483.7105.

Sunday, July 15, 2012, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ecology Walk: Greens in the Greenbelt
Location: Moses Mountain
Wondering what makes the Greenbelt green? Join us for a morning walk from the Egbertville Ravine to the Northern Seaview Woods by way of Moses Mountain. Meet at the corner of Miesner and Rockland Avenues near the Egger Nursing home. Wear comfortable shoes for this 4 mile walk.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 14, 2012

Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks
8:00 a.m.
Bird Walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park and are led by NYC Audobon experts and...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Free!

Birding
8:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
Free!

Birding
9:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance...
Location: High Rock Ranger Station (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
Free!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hudson River Park Wild!
9:00 a.m.
Hudson River Park is bringing some attention to its vital role in creating one of the...
Location: Hudson River Park's Pier 40
Free!

Birding: Shorebirds
10:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance...
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Free!

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