Monday, February 04, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of February 9, 2013 - February 10, 2013:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, February 10, 2013
"Winter tour of the pines ": Greenwood Cemetery to Prospect Park
Meet 8:30 am inside Greenwood Cemetery main entrance 25th St and 5th Ave
Trip Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Train stop: "R line to 25th St stop or www.hopstop.com
Site profile: http://www.green-wood.com

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Coney Island Pier to Coney Island Creek
Leader: Rob Jett a.k.a. "The City Birder"
Registrar: Irene Warschauer (iwarshauer [AT] aol.com)
Registration opens Monday 1/28. Public transportation.

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, February 9, 2013
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, February 9, 2013, 8am – 9:30pm
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks
Guide: Andrew Baksh or Urban Park Rangers (first Saturday of the month) With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy and NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center, Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank learned their craft on Van Cortlandt Park's ecologically diverse grounds, and these walks celebrate the tradition set by them. Participants will look for resident and migrant species and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
For more information, please call 718-548-0912. No registration necessary. No limit. Free

Sunday, February 10, 9:30am – 11:30am
Wave Hill: Birding Along the Hudson
Guide: Gabriel Willow With Wave Hill Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. The Hudson River valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Come explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands of Wave Hill and observe the hardy birds that spend the winter in this urban oasis. Advanced registration is recommended, online at www.wavehill.org, by calling 718-549-3200 x305, or at the Perkins Visitor Center. (Walks run rain or shine; in case of severe weather call the number above at x245 for updates.) Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission.

Sunday, February 10, 2013, 2pm – 4pm
Winter Seals and Waterbirds Eco-Cruise
Meet at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 and come aboard NY Water Taxi’s eco-friendly vessel for a winter adventure in New York Harbor! Look for harbor seals on the rocky shores of Governor’s Island and the more remote Hoffman and Swinburne Islands. Learn about the surprisingly diverse winter birds of New York City, including ducks, geese, loons, and sandpipers, many of which migrate south from the Arctic. See the Statue of Liberty and pass under the Verrazano Bridge. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars. Limited to 60.
To register, contact New York Water Taxi at 212-742-1969 or visit their website. $35 for adults; $25 for children 3-12 (no member discount)

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
*Sunday, February 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mid-Winter Hike with Mike @ Bloomingdale Park
Join naturalist Mike Shanley on a winter walk through Bloomingdale Park. We will be searching for wildlife and wintering birds on this easy to moderate hike. Please bring binoculars and dress accordingly. We will meet on Maguire Avenue, just off from the Richmond Parkway service road.
For more information call Mike Shanley at 917-753-7155.
Walks with an asterisk (*):
As of the publication date, most Staten Island parks were still closed because of storm damage. If you see an asterisk next to a date, you should contact the walk leader to confirm if the walks are on.

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Staten Island Museum
Sunday, February 10, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ecology Walk: Page Avenue Beach
Location: Page Avenue Beach
Free
Explore three habitats for a diverse selection of wildlife. Bring binoculars and dress accordingly.
Meet at the parking area at the end of Page Ave.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Woodland Discovery Kit in Central Park at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Visit The Wild Garden: Discovering Central Park Woodlands exhibit and start exploring the North Woods on your own by borrowing a North Woods Discovery Kit stocked with binoculars, a hand lens, and…
Free!

Bird Walks at The New York Botanical Garden at Watson Building, Room 302 (in Bronx Park), Bronx
11:00 a.m.
The diverse habitats of the Botanical Garden offer visitors a chance to see dozens of species of birds throughout the year. Bring your binoculars and walk the Garden grounds with an expert.

Birding: Owls at Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
1:00 p.m.
We offer birding programs throughout the year and our Exploration series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons.
Free!

Sunday, February 10, 2013
Winter Birding at Wave Hill at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.
Hudson River valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Explore Wave Hill's tranquil gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow.

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