Monday, June 03, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips within NYC's five boroughs for the weekend of June 8, 2013 - June 9, 2013:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, June 8, 2013
Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturdays, April 6 – June 29, 12 p.m.
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Prospect breeding birds Friends Walk
Meet 7:30am at Grand Army Plaza park entrance Stranahan Statue


Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, June 8, 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


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, June 8, 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


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, June 8, 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 and 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, June 8, 2013, 9am – 2pm
Birding and Biking: Jamaica Bay
Guide: Gabriel Willow Meet at Grand Army Plaza. Bike your way through Brooklyn neighborhoods and along scenic greenways to Jamaica Bay, to look for migrant shorebirds as well as breeding egrets, oystercatchers, and more. This is a 1-mile trip; return by subway from Broad Channel.
Bring binoculars, water, lunch, and your bicycle.
Limited to 15.
$30 Click here to register.

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Sunset EcoCruise to the Harbor Heron Islands
Sundays, June 2 through August 11 South Street Seaport, Pier 17 7–8:30pm (Brother Islands; Hoffman and Swinburne Islands) 6-9pm (Jamaica Bay) Guide: Gabriel Willow With New York Water Taxi Meet at South Street Seaport's Pier 17. This summer we will once again be exploring the City's island rookeries with three different itineraries! Depending on which weekend you choose, cruises may visit the fascinating Brother Islands, the large egret and cormorant colonies on Hoffman and Swinburne Islands, or the great expanses of Jamaica Bay. Whichever your destination, you'll experience the wonders of New York's famous harbor at sunset and see some of the three thousand herons, egrets, and ibis nesting on these urban island treasures. Specific cruise dates and registration will be available soon. Limited to 90.
Pricing varies by destination.

Sunday, June 9, 2013, 9:30am – 11:30am
Birding at Wave Hill
Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and behavior on these walks along the 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, except for severe weather conditions; call the number above at x245 by 8am the day of the walk for updates.) Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult.
Free with admission to the grounds. NYC Audubon Members enjoy two-for-one admission


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:00 to 12 Noon
Writing about Nature with Gert Coleman
Come spend a quiet morning at the beach. Bring a notebook or notepad and learn to improve your nature writing. The tentative meeting location is in the parking lot at the end of Sharrots Avenue on Hylan Boulevard. If the area remains closed through spring a new location will be announced.
For more details call Gert at 718-356-9235.

Saturday, June 8, 2013, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Great Kills Park
Meet at the first, beach-front parking lot, about ¼ mile from the entrance to Great Kills Park. From the starting point, near where the bath house once stood, we will walk the recently leveled shoreline and explore the mudflats at low-tide. We will investigate the many and varied forms of intertidal life that show themselves during low-tide which will occur at 2:48 p.m.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.


Staten Island Museum
Sunday, June 9, 2013, 9:00am - 11:00am
Ecology Walk: The Great Cicada Walk!
Location: Long Pond Park
Visit the south shore’s CICADA HOTSPOTS with Ed Johnson, Director of Natural Science. The woodlands surrounding Long Pond hosted all three species of periodical cicadas during the 1996 emergence. Let’s discover which species are found this time around. Meet at PS 6 on Page Ave.
For more information call Seth Wollney at 718.483.7105.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 8, 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.

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.

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