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Monday, September 24, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of September 29, 2012 - September 30, 2012:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, September 29, 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 30, 2012
Raptor Fest
Learn about the amazing birds of prey known as raptors.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday September 29, 2012
Fall through the Rockaways (Queens County)
Trip Leader: Steve Nanz
Focus: Autumn peak migration of hawks and passerines, coastal species
Car Pool fee: $12.00
Registrar: Heidi Steiner email or call before 8 PM (718) 369-2116 Registration period: Sept 18th - Sept 27th


Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, September 29, 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​

Saturday, September 29, 4pm – 8pm
BaChANAL Sunset Canoeing
$25 to particpate and enjoy after-dark Canoeing in the Gowanus Canal along with a Buffet Dinner, educational programs including boating safety, ecology and history of the Gowanus Canal. There will be Live rock&roll and bluegrass, featuring the Fabulous Lee Reiser and Angel Band Jam.


Linnaean Society of New York
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Staten Island Sites
Leader: Howard Fischer
Registrar: Judy Rabi (
Registration opens Monday 9/17.
Ride: $20.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, September 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 11am – 3pm
Little Neck Bay Festival
With Bayside Historical Society, Bayside Marina, Community Board 11, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Queens Botanical Garden, St. John’s University Environmental Studies Program Meet at Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, NY. Come celebrate National Estuaries Day at Little Neck Bay. Festival activities will include canoeing, boat rides, NYC Audubon-led nature walks, games, music, and more. For more information, please call 718-229-4000.
No limit. Free

Sunday, September 30, 2012, 8am – 3pm
Explore the Birding Gems of Staten Island
Guides: Cliff Hagen, Tod Winston Come visit some of the beautiful, bird-rich spots on Staten Island--which can be hard for car-less New Yorkers to get to. We'll start in the pristine marsh and beach habitat of Great Kills Park, looking for shorebirds and wading birds, and then move on to North Mount Loretto State Forest to look for migrant flycatchers, warblers, and more. Bring lunch, water, and binoculars.
Transport by passenger van included.
Limited to 12.
$65 Click here to register!

Sunday, September 30, 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
Saturday, September 29, 2012, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Conference House Park Beach and Woods
Past and present blend in the Conference House Park where history stretches back thousands of years with the seasonal occupation of the Lenape people and hundreds of years of the Dutch and English habitation. We’ll observe evidence of the human occupation of the area, observe local geology and discover what the natural and unnatural debris at the high tide line reveals. Meet at the Lenape Playground at the corner of Billop Street and Swinnerton Avenue.
For more details call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, September 29, 2012
8:00 a.m.–12:00 a.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers for a morning of birdwatching at Van Cortlandt Park! Birding...
Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx

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

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 30, 2012

Raptor Fest
12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Learn all about majestic raptors at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Hawks, falcons, owls...
Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn

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