Monday, September 09, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of September 14, 2013 to September 15, 2013:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Introduction to Birdwatching
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Van Cortland Park, Bronx
Meet 8 AM at the Nature Center
Getting there: Public transportation: Take the 1 or 9 train to the 242nd Street stop. Walk north on Broadway. Enter the park at W.246th Street and follow the signs to the nature center. Use for guidance
Trip Leader: Paul Keim
Focus: migrating songbirds and other passerines


Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, September 14, 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
Sunday September 15, 2013
New Jersey Hotspots
Leader: Robert Machover
Registrar: Irene Warshauer – or 212-249-6561
Registration opens: Monday September 2
Ride: $40


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, September 14, 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, September 14, 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, September 14, 2013, 3pm – 5pm
Explore the Bronx River by Rowboat
Guide: Chrissy Word With Rocking the Boat Launch from Hunts Point Riverside Park and explore the Bronx River aboard a hand-built wooden boat, led by experienced rowers. The Bronx River is the city’s only true river and hosts an abundance of wildlife, including herons and egrets, osprey, and belted kingfishers. Visit restoration sites and learn about the Bronx River eco-system, as well as its social and cultural history. Rowing optional! Limited to 20. $35 for adults, $25 for ages 18 and under.
Click here to register!

Sunday, September 15, 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
Sunday, September 15, 2013, 10:30 a.m. to noon
Sharrot’s Shoreline
Have a look at the seldom visited shoreland recently acquired by the DEC and see where Tappan’s Creek empties into the Kill. Meet at the Arthur Kill end of Androvette Street. Be advised that we may enter through a very wet and swampy area, and that if parking along the road one must check parking signs for regulations.
For more details call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036.

Sunday, September 15, 2013, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hawk Watch at Moses Mountain
Join Mike Shanley and hike to the top of Moses Mountain. Scan the skies in search of migrating raptors. Many raptor species migrate overhead at this time of year, including the Red-tailed and Broad Winged Hawk, Coopers Hawk and an assortment of falcons, vultures and eagle. Learn all about hawk migration and enjoy the incredible vistas. We will be meeting at the corner of Rockland Avenue and Manor Road. Please, park along Meisner Avenue.
For more information call Mike Shanley at 917-753-7155.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, September 14, 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.

Birding at High Rock Ranger Station (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
11:00 a.m.
Join an Urban Park Ranger on a birding program.

Sunday, September 15, 2013
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...

The Hills and Dales of the Greenbelt at High Rock Ranger Station (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
11:00 a.m.
Hike the hills and mountains of the Greenbelt and discover its natural beauty.

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