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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of September 8, 2012 - September 9, 2012:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturdays, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.

Sunday, September 9, 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.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Leader and Registrar: Gil Schrank (gschrankny [AT]
Registration opens Monday 8/27. Ride $15.

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Ft. Tilden and Breezy Point
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Kathy Drake (kathyfreedom [AT]
Registration opens Monday 8/27. Ride: $15.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, September 8, 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


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, September 8, 2012, 7:30am – 10:30am
StarrTrips in Central Park
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday mornings in Central Park, Saturday, August 20 – Saturday, October 29 Join Starr Saphir for bird watching in Central Park. On Mondays and Wednesdays, meet at 7:30am sharp at 81st and Central Park West (SE corner). On Tuesdays, meet at 9am sharp at 103rd and Central Park West (parkside). On Saturdays, meet at 7:30am sharp at 103rd and Central Park West (parkside). 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, September 8, 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.

Saturday, September 8, 2012, 4pm – 7pm
Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise
Guides: Don Riepe, Mickey Cohen With American Littoral Society Meet at Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Enjoy a 3-hour cruise aboard the 100-foot boat "Golden Sunshine." Visit backwater marshes near JFK Airport and learn about the history and wildlife of the bay. See nesting peregrine falcons, osprey, egrets, shorebirds, and more. Includes refreshments. To register, contact Don Riepe at (718) 318-9344 or donriepe [AT] Limited to 140. $45

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 8am – 11am
Fall Warblers (Class and Trip)
Class: Wednesday, September 5, 6:30-8:30pm Trip: Sunday, September 9, time 8-11am Instructor: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC Learn to identify the 30-plus species of warblers that visit Central Park during fall migration, and then reinforce what you’ve learned in the field. Limited to 12. $50 for package of class and trip. Click here to register!

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 9:30am – 11:30am
Birding at Wave Hill
Guide: Gabriel Willow With Wave Hill Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. Reservations recommended; register online at, by calling 718-549-3200 x305, or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Severe weather cancels; for updates call 718-549-3200 x245 by 8am the day of the walk. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission.

Sunday, September 9, 2012, 10am – 11am
Birding for Families
Sundays, September 2-November 25, 10-11am Guides: NYC Audubon Offered by the Central Park Conservancy Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues). Bring the kids and visit one of New York City’s richest bird habitats. Learn as a family how to spot and identify our feathered neighbors in their natural surroundings. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Visitor Center. For weather cancellation information, call 212-860-1370. Limited to 20. Age 5 and up. Free. Click here to learn more and register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Sunday September 9, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Hike with Mike Conference House Park
Join historian and naturalist Mike Shanley on a walk through Conference House Park. Mike will share his knowledge about the history of the site that spans over thousands of years. He will also be looking for migrating birds making their way south for the winter. Meet in the parking lot at the foot of Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Mike Shanley at 917-753-7155.

Sunday, September 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Green trail discovery
Join Hillel Lofaso for a late summer walk along High Rock’s green trail to Moses Mt. Bring beverage and snack. We might expect some minimal, wet walking. We go in all weather. Meet at the Greta Moulton Gate at the top of Nevada Avenue.
For more information call Hillel Lofaso at 718-477-0545.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, September 8, 2012
Allday Trip - Alley Pond and Garvies Point
Trying something new, we will explore Alley with Eric Miller in the morning, and after breaking for lunch, will resume birding at Garvey's Point With Seth Ausubel


Staten Island Museum
Sunday, September 9, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ecology Walk: Migration
Location: Crooke's Point
Birds, dragonflies, and butterflies migrate south via our shorelines. Learn what flies by Crooke’s Point, and what fuels their journey south. Meet in the bathhouse parking lot.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, September 8, 2012

Bird Walks at The New York Botanical Garden
11:00 a.m.
The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of...
Location: New York Botanical Garden (in Bronx Park), Bronx

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

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Freshkills Park Kayak Tour
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Join us on Sunday, September 9th, as members of the Freshkills Park team, with assistance...
Location: Freshkills Park, Staten Island


Unknown said...

Just stopping by to tell you I saw a sick common loon while at dead horse bay yesterday evening. It was on the beach, quite a ways away from all the other loons, and was looking very sad, although it was moving along, slowly. I know you went through a loon-alert on this blog before, so I thought I'd make you aware of this.

Rob Jett said...

"All the other loons"? There generally aren't many loons around the coast right now. Also, loons are very ungainly on land and aren't usually found moving around on the shore. Are you sure it was a loon?

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