Monday, August 19, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of August 24, 2013 - August 25, 2013:

American Littoral Society
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 10 a.m. to noon
Fort Tilden - Seaweeds, Seashells and More
Fort Tilden, Building 1
Hike the seashore at low tide with American Littoral Society naturalist, Mickey Maxwell Cohen (bmcohen2 [AT], author of Adventures at the Beach, to look for marine life, coastal birds, and seaside plants.
Bring sun and insect protection. Binoculars, and a magnifying glass will be helpful. (2miles) Bus: Q22,


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (NOTE DATE CHANGE)
Trip Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Shorebirds and waterfowl, early songbirds
Car Fee: $12.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, Email or TEXT Message 347-622-3559
Registration period: August 13th - August 22nd
Note: High tide 11:41 am


Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, August 24, 2013, 1pm – 5pm
Canoe Gowanus Canal (Pamela S)
Bring a friend for a self-guided Canoe trip sponsored by the Gowanus Dredgers to raise awareness of Harbor Issues www.gowanuscana​


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, August 24, 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, August 24, 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, August 24, 2013, 8am – 5pm
8th Annual Shorebird Festival at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Join the 8th Annual Shorebird Festival to learn about shorebird biology, behavior, and how to identify these species out in the field. The program is free and open to the general public on a reservation basis. (A donation is requested to defray expenses.) Bring water, lunch, and binoculars, and wear sensible shoes.
For more information and reservations, please contact Don Riepe at (718) 474-0896 or
Click here for the Festival program


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, August 24, 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.

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