Monday, April 08, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of April 13, 2013 - April 14, 2013:

New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, April 13, 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, April 13, 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, April 14, 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, April 14, 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 (Staten Island)
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Forest Restoration Workshop at the Greenbelt Nature Center
Meet in the Nature Center parking lot at Rockland Avenue and Brielle (additional parking at the Recreation Center nearby). We will remove invasive shrubs from areas adjacent to the Nature Trail. Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. After a two-hour work session (our 200th monthly 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. (Note: This is not the 3rd Saturday.)

Sunday, April 14, 11:00 A.M to 12:30 P.M.

Crooke’s Point, What was Sandy’s Impact?
Despite Protectors’ energetic effort to halt the restoration of Crooke’s Point, the National Park Service has proceeded with their plan to clear invasive plants and replant the area with native trees after a prolonged period of herbicide application. Visit the site of application with Ellen Pratt and see first-hand how the restoration of Crooke’s Point has progressed. Meet in the last parking lot before the Point.
For more information call Ellen at 718-948-2662.

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Staten Island Museum
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 1:00pm
Springtime Wildflower Walk
Location: Huguenot Woods at Cornelia Ave. and Hylan Blvd.
Free
Enjoy an afternoon walk with naturalist Ray Matarazzo in search of special wildflowers that bloom for a short time in early spring. Meet at the corner of Cornelia Ave. and Hylan Blvd.
Reservations are required, please call Ed Johnson at 718.483.7110.

Sunday, April 14, 2013, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ecology Walk: Fields are springing to life!
Location: Mount Loretto Unique Area
Free
Join the Nature Section's annual stroll around the blooming fields of Mount Loretto Unique Area. Enjoy the sounds of migrating birds and the sights of the spring flora. Meet at DEC parking area on Hylan Blvd. across from the CYO Center.
For more information call Seth Wollney at 718.483.7105.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 13, 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!

Nature Photography with Expert Naturalist, Mike Feller at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Bring your camera and spend some time exploring the park through its view finder.
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!

Birding: Spring Migrants at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
10:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
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, April 14, 2013
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!

Birding at Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
11:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

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