Monday, October 15, 2012

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of October 20, 2012 - October 21, 2012:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Saturday, October 20, 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, October 21, 2012, 3 p.m.
Discover Tour
Free
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Sparrows of Staten Island and Richmond's mid-autumn delights
Trip Leader: Tom Stephenson
Car Pool Fee: $20.00
Focus: Sparrows, fall passerine migrants, coastal species, seabirds
Registrar: Sandy Paci email sandypaci [AT] earthlink.net or Cell: 917-207-6691
Registration period: October 9th - October 18th

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Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 1pm – 5pm
Sunday, October 21, 2012, 11am – 3pm
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, October 20, 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, October 20, 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, October 20, 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, October 21, 2012, 9:15am – 4:00pm
Hike to Moses Mountain, the Greenbelt
Guide: Gabriel Willow With NYC Parks and the Greenbelt Conservancy Meet at the Manhattan terminal of the S.I. Ferry and join us as we journey to Moses Mountain, which provides a panoramic view of Staten Island and points beyond. We'll look for migrating hawks, warblers, and other songbirds—with crimson sumac and other autumn foliage as a backdrop. Bring lunch, water, and binoculars.
Transportation on Staten Island provided.
Limited to 18. $30 Click here to register!

Sunday, October 21, 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

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
NRPA Shoreline Clean-up
The Natural Resources Protective Association is conducting one of their many clean-ups along the Arthur Kill. Clean-ups involve collecting floatables, discarded cans, bottles and tires that foul our waterways. Tools and gloves are provided. Appropriate shoes a must. Meet at the corner of Bard Avenue and Richmond Terrace.
For more information call Jim Scarcella at 718-873-4291.

Saturday, October 20, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop on the Red Dot Trail at High Rock Park
Meet in the Nevada Ave parking lot at High Rock Park. We will descend the Red Dot Trail behind the administration buildings to cut invasive vines and use weed wrenches to remove invasive Devil’s Walking Stick from extension of Altamont Street on the hillside below. After a two-hour work session (our 195 consecutive 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.

Sunday, October 21, 2012, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Best of the Blue Trail
Join Hillel on a level, easy walk of the Blue Trail through High Rock Park to the Overlook and back. Meet at the High Rock Park parking lot at the top of Nevada Avenue. We go in all weather. Bring snacks and beverage and wear comfortable shoes and clothes.
Call 718-477-0545 for more information.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 20, 2012

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
Free!

Birding: Raptor Migration
9:00 a.m.
We offer birding programs throughout the year and our Exploration series focuses on unique…
Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
Free!

It's My Park Day at Kissena Corridor Park
10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Come join the Queensboro Hill Neighborhood Association on It's My Park Day as they…
Location: Kissena Corridor Park at 56th Avenue (in Kissena Corridor Park), Queens
Free!

Woodland Discovery Day in Central Park
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Get a guided introduction to the newly-opened Woodlands exhibit, then take your family on…
Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan, North Woods (in Central Park), Manhattan
Free!

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

Birding
11:00 a.m.
We offer birding programs throughout the year and our Exploration series focuses on unique…
Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
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!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nature Photography Walk: Leaf Peepers
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Explore High Rock Park and the Greenbelt for beautiful vistas and fall colors.…
Location: Parking Area (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
Free!

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