Monday, April 29, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of May 4, 2013 - May 5, 2013:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park (Brooklyn)
Sunday, May 5, 2013, 8am
Morning Bird Walk: Marvelous Migrants
Free
Meet the amazing birds who use the Park as a migratory layover on this expert-guided walk. Start your Sunday morning surrounded by nature!

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday May 4, 2013
A Brooklyn Bird Club salute to Starr Saphir: Central Park
Meet 7:50 am at 81st St and Central Park West Ave park entrance, New York City
Leader: Peter Dorosh
http://birdsofcentralpark.com/
Nearest train Stop: 81st St-American Museum of Natural History "C" line www.hopstop.com

Sunday May 5, 2013
Prospect Park
Meet 7:00 am at Bartel Pritchard Square park entrance
Leader: Ed Crowne

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Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 1pm – 5pm
Canoe Gowanus Canal
Where: 164 2nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Bring a friend for a self-guided Canoe trip sponsored by the Gowanus Dredgers to raise awareness of Harbor Issues
http://www.gowanuscana​l.org

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Green-Wood Cemetery
Leader: Rob Jett a.k.a. "The City Birder"
No registration.
Meet at Main Gate (25th Street and 5th Avenue, Brooklyn) at 8 AM.
Public transportation (R train to 25th Street).

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, May 4, 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, May 4, 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

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9am – 5pm
Sterling Forest Warblers
Guides: Don Riepe, Tod Winston Explore the woodland and pond habitat of the 20,000-acre Sterling Forest preserve during peak spring migration. Look for nesting warblers (including golden-winged, cerulean, hooded, prairie, and blue-winged) as well as spring wildflowers, reptiles, and amphibians. Visit the rustic visitor center. Trip involves a 4-mile hike and some rocky terrain.
Bring lunch, water, and binoculars.
Transport by passenger van. Limited to 11.
$70 Click here to register.

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9am – 12pm
Biking and Birding: Clove Lakes and Silver Lakes Parks
Guide: Gabriel Willow Meet at the Staten Island Ferry, Manhattan side (4 South St. and Whitehall St.), New York City. Journey to the borough of Staten Island to discover some of its best birding spots. Look for ducks and seabirds in New York Harbor on our way across and then ride to Staten Island's premier "migrant traps," Clove Lakes and Silver Lake parks.
Bring binoculars, water, lunch, and your bicycle.
Limited to 15. $30. Click here to register.

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 8am – 3pm
Spring Hot Spots 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 looking for migrating warblers, flycatchers and more along the lovely wooded and streamside trail of Clove Lakes Park... then move on to the pristine marsh habitat of Great Kills Park, looking for shorebirds and wading birds. Depending on time, we may make a third stop at the spectacular North Mount Loretto Unique Area.
Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. Transport by passenger van included.
Limited to 12. $75 Click here to register.

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 8am – 11am
Spring Warblers (field trip)
SPRING WARBLERS (CLASS and FIELD TRIP) Class: Thursday, May 2, 6:30-8:30pm Trip: Sunday, May 5, 8-11am
Instructor: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC First learn to identify the 30-plus species of warblers that migrate through our area each spring, using field marks and other techniques. Then go out in the field and reinforce what you've learned! Field trip to Central Park.
Limited to 12. $50 Click here to register.

Sunday, May 5, 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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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Alley Pond Park
Leader: Stephane Perreaults (423-0947)

Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike.
Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 a.m. unless indicated otherwise.
If in doubt, call the trip leader.
Please note: all phone numbers are code 516 unless otherwise shown.
In most cases, your contacts are the trip leaders.
For directions, click sitefinder view.
We encourage carpooling where feasable.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 7:30 A.M.
The Great Saunter
Participants for the 27th Annual, 32 mile saunter around the Manhattan shoreline will gather at Fraunces Tavern, 54 Pearl Street, off Broad.
Please click here for additional information.

Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12 Noon to 2:00 P.M.
Old Mill Road
Enjoy a stroll along the multi-use trail overlooking Fresh Kills with Clay Wollney. Meet in the parking lot at the start of Old Mill Road, alongside St. Andrew’s Church.
For more information phone Clay at 718-869-6327.

Sunday, May 5, 2013, 10:30 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Arden Heights Woods
Join naturalist and former New York State archaeologist Mike Shanley for a spring walk through Arden Heights Woods. Most of Arden Heights Woods is a forested hardwood swamp. This park is considered the largest wetlands that the Department of Environmental Conservation has classified anywhere in the New York metropolitan area. It contains several kettle ponds and streams making it an important bluebelt area. Meet at the corner of Carlton Boulevard and Legate Avenue.
For more information call Mike at 917-753-7155, or email Falecore [AT] yahoo.com.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, May 5, 2013 (all day trip)
Forest Park
Leader: Jean Loscalzo (917-575-6824)
Forest Park is THE best place to be for spring migrants, and no one knows their way around better than Jean.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.–9:30 a.m.
Bird Walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park and are led by NYC Audubon experts or the Urban Park Rangers.
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!

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.

Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day with the Urban Park Rangers at Pats Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and beaches.
Free!

Sunday, May 5, 2013
Early Morning Bird Walk: Marvelous Migrants at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
8:00 a.m.
See some of the dazzling birds that visit the Park before flying to northern breeding grounds. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
Free!

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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