Monday, July 15, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of July 20, 2013 - July 21, 2013:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Rusty Harold
Focus: Breeding birds, waterbirds, shorebirds
Car fee: $30.00 (or car rental)
Registrar: Rusty Harold, preferable by email elharo [AT] macfaq.com
If necessary call 718-636-6010
Registration period: July 9th - July 20th
Note: Pre-dawn departure.

Site Profile: http://www.fws.gov/northeast/wallkillriver/

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Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 9am – 11am
Owen (6) canoes
Canoe tour, narrated by founding member, Owen Foote may have space availble for a walk-up, first come, first served

Saturday, July 20, 2013
City of Water Governor's Isle Trip (membership required)
Open to members of Gowanus Dredgers 501(c)3, for experienced canoeist, this is a roundtrip voyage to / from Governors Island - reservation required.

Sunday, July 21, 2013, 8am – 11am
City of Water Governor's Isle Trip (membership required)
Open to members of Gowanus Dredgers 501(c)3, for experienced canoeist, this is a roundtrip voyage to / from Governors Island - reservation required.

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, July 20, 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, July 20, 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, July 20, 2013, 10am – 11am
City of Water Day on Governor's Island
With Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance. Guide: Gabriel Willow As part of City of Water Day, a celebration of the waterways and harbors of New York City, NYC Audubon is offering a special eco-cruise past Hoffman and Swinburne Islands exploring the natural history of the area. The tour leaves from Governor’s Island. Find more info about City of Water Day and ferries to Governor’s Island at www.nycaudubon.org.
Registration required. Limited to 150. Free
Click here to reserve your seat!

Sunday, July 21, 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.
To learn about specific cruise dates and buy tickets, visit www.nywatertaxi.com/tours/audubon or call 212-742-1969.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, July 20, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LaTourette multi-purpose path (the bike path)
Meet at the bike path entrance on the Old Mill Road next to St. Andrews Church (the old one). We will walk along the path toward its T-junction cutting invasive vines that strangle saplings along the trail. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 204th monthly workshop), we will take a short walk over nearby trails.
For more details call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

Saturday, July 20, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Huguenot Ponds Walk
Kingdom Pond Park, Arbutus Woods, Bunker Pond and the Huguenot Pond Park are small parks in the lower Huguenot area. Though trailing arbutus is long gone, the area still is home to a number of flowering plants and animal species. Meet along Kingdom Avenue, parallel to Huguenot Avenue above Hylan Boulevard, near the intersection of Jansen Street.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 20, 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!

New York City’s Threatened and Endangered Shore Birds at Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk), Queens
10:00 a.m.
Did you know that the Urban Park Rangers manage an endangered species nesting area here in NYC? Learn all about our efforts to conserve the Piping Plover and other rare…
Free!

Sunday, July 21, 2013
Birding 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!

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