Monday, March 04, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

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

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Marine Park and Jamaica Bay Refuge
Trip Leader: Tom Stephenson
Focus: winter waterfowl, gulls, dune species, winter passerines, marsh species
Car Fee: $12.00
Registrar: Mike Yuan, email mjyuan [AT] gmail.com or cell #917- 647- 3396 before 9pm
Registration period: February 26th - March 7th
Note: day is after Daylight Savings Time

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Alan Messer
No registration. Meet at Visitors Center at 10:00 a.m.
Public transportation.

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, March 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, March 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, March 10, 2013, 9:30am – 11:30am
Birding at Wave Hill
Guide: Gabriel Willow With Wave Hill Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center and search for spring migrants in the beautiful gardens and woodlands of Wave Hill. Advanced registration is recommended, either online, at the Perkins Visitor Center, or by calling 718-549-3200 x305. (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.
Walks are free; please visit www.wavehill.org for Wave Hill admission pricing. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission

Sunday, March 10, 2013, 10am – 11am
Birding for Families
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, March 9, 2013, 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.
Conference House Park
Meet at the parking lot at the end of Hylan Blvd. While observing the natural history of the park we will view evidence of the history of the area that was once the Billop estate prior to the American Revolution and observe middens left by the Native Americans that once used the area. Meeting the public parking lot at the foot of Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

* Sunday, March 10, 10:00 to 12 noon

Spring Plant Walk
Herbs, weeds, and other plants are greening up as the sun grows stronger. Join herbalist Gert Coleman to learn the stories behind the plants returning to Conference House Park. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Gert Coleman at 718-356-9235.

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, March 10, 2013, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ecology Walk: Wolfe’s Pond Park
Free
Explore the pond basin and beach for early spring migrants and late winter waterfowl.
Meet at the corner of Holten Avenue and Purdy Place.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, March 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.

Sunday, March 10, 2013
Birding at Wave Hill at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.
Expert birder, naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow leads these regular Sunday walks.

Birding for Families at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Experience Central Park as a precious bird habitat and learn how to spot our feathered neighbors on a walk with NYC Audubon.
Free!

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!

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