Monday, February 11, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of February 16, 2013 - February 18, 2013:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Monday, February 18, 2013
Winter in the Wild
February 18 & 19, 1 – 3 p.m.
Where do squirrels get their food during the cold winter months? How do birds stay warm in a blizzard? Find out the answers to these and other questions the Audubon Nature Center.

Great Backyard Bird Count
February 18 – 19, 3 p.m.
Free
Search for your favorite "backyard birds."

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Littoral Society
Sunday, February 17, 2013 (10am-1pm)
Jamaica Bay Refuge Winter Bird Walk
Hike around the ponds and trails to look for wintering waterfowl and other birds. Call Don to reserve (917) 371-8577
e-mail: donriepe [AT] gmail.com
FREE

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, February 16, 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 16, 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 17, 2013, 10am – 1pm
Jamaica Bay Late Winter Birdwalk
Guide: Don Riepe With Gateway National Recreation Area Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Hike around the East and West Ponds and to look for rafts of wintering ducks in breeding plumage, raptors such as northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, and long-eared owl, and possible early spring migrants. To register, contact Don Riepe at 917-371-8577 or donriepe [AT] gmail.com
Limited to 25
Free

Sunday, February 17, 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
Saturday, February 16, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop
the LaTourette multi-purpose path (the bike path)—Meet in the Field of Dreams ballfield parking lot on Alaska Place off of Forest Hill Road, opposite Costco. We will walk along the path toward the T-junction removing alien saplings and cutting invasive vines that strangle native plants along the trail. After a two hour work session (our 198thmonthly 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, February 17, 2013, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Willowbrook at Twilight
Come enjoy the park right before dusk and observe how nature settles in for the night. Let the sky soothe you with its purple hues. We’ll walk along the lake with stops for reflection. Meet at the Victory Blvd. entrance to Willowbrook Park at 4:00 p.m. sharp. Dress warmly. If it’s raining or snowing at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Monday, February 18, same time.
Contact Hillel Lofaso at hlofaso [AT] siprotectors.org for more information.

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
All walks start at 9:30 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
Any questions please Call Steve at (516) 987-8103.
For directions to our bird-watching locations, click here.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, February 16, 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!

Great Backyard Bird Count at Queens Botanical Garden at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Join QBG staffer Shari Romar in this annual bird counting event.
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: Winter Birds at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
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 17, 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!

Birding: Owls at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
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!

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