Monday, July 08, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of July 13, 2013 - July 14, 2013:

Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, June 13, 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, July 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


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, July 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 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 13, 2013, 9am – 2pm
Birding and Biking: Jamaica Bay
Rescheduled from June 8th 2013 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, July 14, 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 or call 212-742-1969.

Sunday, July 14, 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
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Long Pond Park
During a 1.5 mile hike through the woodlands of Long Pond Park, we will look for evidence of the geologic history and human influence on the park as well as observe wildlife of the park. Reptiles such as painted turtles and garter snakes and amphibians, including Fowler’s toads and bull frogs are often observed here. Meet at Public School 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue, three blocks northwest of Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Sunday, July 14, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The Inner Harbor
NRPA, the Natural Resources Protective Association will meet at the corner of Goodall Street and Tennyson Drive for an extended visit to Crescent Beach (north and south), Seaside Nature Park, and the tidal marsh property adjacent to Great Kills Park located at the corner of Fairlawn Avenue and Mansion Avenue.
For more information call Jim Scarcella at 718-873-4291. Bring a water bottle and snack.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 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.

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…

Rockspot Bike Tour at Beach 59th Street and Rockaway Boulevard, Queens
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join us for biking and birding along Jamaica bay with Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society. The tour will make various stops along the Jamaica Bay shoreline to explore the natural wildlife and ecology of the area.

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