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Monday, October 21, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of October 26, 2013 to October 27, 2013:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Introduction to Birdwatching
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Sandy Hook, New Jersey
Leader: Bob Machover
Focus: Raptors, sparrows and neotopical passerines, waterbirds, early sea ducks
Car fee: $35.00
Registrar: Kathy Toomey, email (preferred) or call 1-718-436-3494 before 9PM
Registration period: Oct 15th - Oct 24th


Gowanus Dredgers
Saturday, October 26, 2013, 1pm – 5pm (last day until next Spring)
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​
Today's event is in collaboration with Open House NY so expect a line!


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday October 26, 2013
Greenwich Audubon
Leader: Lenore Swenson
Registrar: Anne Lazarus – or 212-673-9059
Registration opens: Monday October 14
Ride: $25


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, October 26, 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 26, 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.

Sunday, October 27, 2013, 9:15am – 4:00pm
Hike to Moses Mountain, the Greenbelt
Guide: Gabriel Willow With NYC Parks and the Greenbelt Conservancy Meet at the Manhattan terminal of the S.I. Ferry and join us as we journey to Moses Mountain, which provides a panoramic view of Staten Island and points beyond. We'll look for migrating hawks, warblers, and other songbirds—with crimson sumac and other autumn foliage as a backdrop.
Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. Transportation on Staten Island provided. Limited to 18. $30
Click here to register!

Sunday, October 27, 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 26, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Acme Pond and the North Forest
The woodlands and ponds of this little known area will be explored during an approximately two mile hike. Once heavily farmed, the Acme Pond areas have developed into a nicely wooded forest over the past 150 years with sweetgum, white oaks and hickories as the dominant trees. The pond is reputed to be the home of large bass. Meet at the corner of Hylan Boulevard, and Holten Avenue.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Saturday, October 26, 2013, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The Magical Plants of Autumn
Herbs, weeds, and trees have much folklore associated with their scents, colors, fruits, and seeds. Walk through Conference House Park and the Colonial Herb Garden with herbalist Gert Coleman to learn the stories about and practical uses of elder, mugwort, fennel, oak, wormwood, and more as we separate fact from fiction. Wear walking shoes and bring a hat. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Gert Coleman at 718-356-9235 or e-mail


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, October 26, 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 27, 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...

Birding at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
11:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a…

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