Monday, June 24, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of June 29, 2013 - June 30, 2013:

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

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Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, June 29, 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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Littoral Society
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 1pm-3pm
Horseshoe Crabs and Terrapins at Jamaica Bay
Guide: Don Riepe - With Gateway National Recreation Area and NYC Audubon . Meet at the the Jamaica Bay NWR Visitor Center for a hike around the West Pond to look for mating horseshoe crabs and shorebirds. We'll also look for diamondback terrapins coming ashore to lay their eggs. Bring boots and binoculars.
To register, contact Don Riepe at 917-371-8577 or donriepe@gmail.com.
Limited to 25. Free

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, June 29, 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, June 29, 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 29, 2013, 1pm – 3pm
Horseshoe Crabs and Terrapins at Jamaica Bay
Guide: Don Riepe With Gateway National Recreation Area With Meet at the the Jamaica Bay NWR Visitor Center for a hike around the West Pond to look for mating horseshoe crabs and shorebirds. We'll also look for diamondback terrapins coming ashore to lay their eggs. Bring boots and binoculars. To register, contact Don Riepe at 718-318-9344 or donriepe@gmail.com.
Limited to 25. Free

Sunday, June 30, 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.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, June 30, 2013 - Allday Trip
Hunter Mt. Bicknell's Thrush Quest Cancelled
Breeding Bicknell's Thrush and Blackpoll Warbler will highlight a specialized habitat not too far away. We will be able to take the chair-lift most of the way, followed by hiking the rest of the way to the appropriate habitat.
Jeff Ritter 917-658-7302

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Staten Island Museum
Saturday, June 29, 2013, 8:30am - 10:30am
Annual Island-wide Butterfly Count
Location: Snug Harbor Cultural Center
Free
Join the team to count butterflies across Staten Island. Bring binoculars, comfortable shoes and lunch.
Meet in the West Parking Lot at Snug Harbor.
For more information call Ed Johnson at 718.483.7110.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 29, 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!

Sunday, June 30, 2013
Birding at High Rock Ranger Station (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
11:00 a.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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