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Monday, September 30, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of October 5, 2013 to October 6, 2013:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Introduction to Birdwatching
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Early Morning Bird Walk: Fall Migration
Meet the amazing birds of Prospect Park on this expert-guided walk. Start your Sunday morning surrounded by nature!


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 5, 2013
"Leader's Choice"
Trip Leader: Sandy Paci
Focus: Locations will be determined by the leader based on the latest birding reports
Car Fee: to be determined
Registrar: Sandy Paci preferred email ; cell number 347-834-5881
Registration period: Sept 24th - Oct 3rd


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


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday October 5, 2013
Mount Loretto and Conference House Park
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Sandra Maury – or 212-874-4881
Registration opens: Monday September 23
Ride: $20


Littoral Society
Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10:00am - 01:00pm
NYC Audubon Hawk Watch
See sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks, kestrels, peregrines, osprey and many other bird species as they head south along the coast.
Leader; Don Riepe
Contact : Call (718) 474-0896, or e-mail: for information and reservations.
Meet at Bldg. 1, Fort Tilden for a hike to the hawk watch platform during peak migration time.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, October 5, 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, October 5, 2013, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walk
Guides: NYC Audubon Naturalists or Urban Park Rangers With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, and Urban Park Rangers. Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
For more information, please call 718-548-0912.
No registration necessary. No limit. Free.

Saturday, October 5, 2013, 9:00am – 4:30pm
Birding by Canoe in Constitution Marsh
Guides: Gabriel Willow, Constitution Marsh Guide Saturday, October 5, 8am-3:30pm With Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary Join two expert naturalists, our own Gabriel Willow and a Constitution Marsh guide, to explore Constitution Marsh Audubon Sanctuary--a spectacular 271-acre tidal marsh just outside of Cold Spring, NY. Observe marsh birds up close as you paddle through this pristine fresh water habitat by canoe--possible sightings include Virginia rails, spotted sandpipers, and Louisiana waterthrushes, as well as bald eagles. Then look for warblers and other fall migrants on the sanctuary's trails. We'll also enjoy a picnic lunch while learning more about the marsh's ecology, including its feathered residents. Bring binoculars, water, lunch (plus clothes and shoes you don't mind getting wet).
Transport by passenger van included. Limited to 12. $90
Click here to read more about the beautiful Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary.
Click here to register!

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10am – 1pm
Hawk Watch at Fort Tilden
Guide: Don Riepe With American Littoral Society Meet at 10am at Bldg. 1 in Fort Tilden for a hike to the hawk watch platform to view falcons, hawks, ospreys and other migrating raptors. We'll also hike along the beach and dunes to look for song- and shorebirds.
For more information, contact Don Riepe at 917-371-8577 or No limit. Free

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10am – 11am
Birding for Families
Dana Discovery Center, Central Park, New York, NY
Sundays, September 1 - November 24, 10-11am Guides: NYC Audubon Offered by the Central Park Conservancy Meet at the Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues). Bring the kids and visit one of New York City’s richest bird habitats. Learn as a family how to spot and identify our feathered neighbors in their natural surroundings. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Visitor Center. For weather cancellation information, call 212-860-1370. Limited to 20. Age 5 and up. Free.
Click here to learn more and to register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Page Avenue Beach
Participants will begin with an investigation of the area’s unique, local geology before moving on to examine the flotsam and jetsam accumulated at the high tide lines. This is a sure way to discover what nature’s debris has to tell us. As the water recedes with the tide the group will move into the intertidal zone to find out what sorts of living things survive in this challenging environment. It’s going to be muddy so dress appropriately. Meet at the parking lot at the bottom of Page Avenue, below Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, October 5, 2013, 7:30am – 8:30am
Kissena Park Minitrip
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 5, 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.

Sunday, October 6, 2013
Birding at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
9:00 a.m.
We offer birding programs throughout the year and our Exploration series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. Birding programs are…

Birding for Families at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Take the kids on a walk through one of New York City’s richest bird habitats — the North Woods. Learn how to spot and identify our feathered neighbors in their natural surroundings...

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