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Monday, November 11, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of November 16, 2013 to November 17, 2013:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturdays, November 9 – December 28, 12 – 1 p.m.
Free Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, November 17, 2013
The Western Coast of Brooklyn
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Winter passerines, gulls, ducks &waterbirds, raptors
Car fee: $10.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, Email or TEXT Message 347-622-3559
Registration period: Nov 5th - Nov 14th


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Rye Playland and Environs
Leader:Tom Burke
Registrar: Louise Fraza – or 212-534-6182
Registration opens: Monday November 4


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, November 16, 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, November 16, 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, November 16, 2013, 10am – 1pm
Winter Waterfowl Workshop
With Gateway National Recreation Area Guides: Don Riepe, Tod Winston
Click here to learn about the workshop.

Sunday, November 17, 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, November 16, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop at High Rock Park
Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park. We will join other Greenbelt volunteers removing invasive plants. Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. If there is interest, after the work session (our 208th monthly workshop) we will take a short walk over nearby trails.
For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, November 16, 2013, 9am
Ridgewood Reservoir minitrip
The NYC Parks Department has invited the Queens County Bird Club to lead a winter bird walk at the newly reopened Ridgewood Reservoir. After ten years closed to the public, we will explore this reclaimed hidden gem in Queens, thereby showing that we as birders support passive recreation. Not only does the reservoir have great birding possibilities, but an interesting history as a former part of the city's water supply system. Meet at the parking lot in Highland Park on Vermont Place just south of the Jackie Robinson Parkway.
Mary Normandia, leader. 516 965 2282.

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013
South Shore Potpourri minitrip
Leader: Ian Resnick 917-626-9562
Note: "Minitrips" break after lunch

Trip Etiquette (Please register for trips)
1 - Register. Let leaders know you're coming!
2 - Car pooling or skipping requires planning
3 - Be advised if there are last minute changes or cancellations. These cannot be communicated to unknown persons.
4 - Be on time! Most trips begin birding by 8am!
5 - Please arrive before the starting time so we do not waste precious early morning bird activity.
6 - Plan your travel time.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, November 16, 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.

Winter Birds of the Highland Park Ridgewood Reservoir at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park), Queens
9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Mary Normandia from the Queens County Bird Club will lead a nature walk around the Ridgewood Reservoir in search of winter birds. Binoculars recommended.

Sunday, November 17, 2013
Birding: Fall Migrants at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park), Manhattan
9:00 a.m.
We offer birding programs throughout the year and our Exploration series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. Free!

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...

Nature Exploration (light) at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
1:00 p.m.
Discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest on the Nature Exploration Hikes.

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