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Monday, November 18, 2013

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of November 23, 2013 to November 24, 2013:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, November 23, 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 24, 2013
"A Wild Goose Chase"
Leader: Bob Washburn
Focus: primarily geese species with other species part of the mix, locations determined by the leader
Car fee: To be determined
Registrar: Mike Yuan, email (preferred) or call 1-917-647-3396 before 9PM
Registration period: Nov. 12th - Nov. 21st


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday November 23, 2013
Sandy Hook
Leader: Rick Wright
Registrar: Sandra Maury – or 212-874-4881
Registration opens: Monday November 11
Ride: $30


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, November 23, 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 23, 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 23, 2013, 9am – 3pm
Pelham Bay Park: Ducks, Raptors, and More
Guide: Gabriel Willow Come explore the lovely coves and rocky outcroppings of Pelham Bay Park, looking for wintering ducks, migrating raptors, and more. Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. Transport by passenger van included.
Limited to 12. $70
Click here to register

Sunday, November 24, 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 23, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Conference House Park and Beach
Past and present blend as one at Conference House Park, where history stretches back thousands of years from the seasonal occupation of the Lenape to the arrival of the Dutch and English. Participants will observe the geology of the area and look for what the debris at the high tide line has to reveal. Meet at the parking lot on the left, at the end of Hylan Boulevard.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Sunday, November 24, 2013, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill
This is a 4-mile loop walk along the converging trails through the lovely woods of LaTourette Park. This time we’re meeting at Meisner and Rockland Avenues by the stone dam at the Bluebelt pond. We’ll pass Buttonbush swamp and a grove of unique Persimmon trees. This hike is covered in Secret Places of Staten Island by Bruce Kershner (Kendall/Hunt, 1998). Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, December 1.
For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at or call 718-477-0545.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, November 23, 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.

Introduction to Birdwatching at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Look, up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind? Take a tour and learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Sunday, November 24, 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...

Turkey and Waterfowl Viewing at Midland Avenue and Father Capodanno Boulevard (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach), Staten Island
1:00 p.m.
Scores of wild turkeys roam freely around Staten Island' Midland Beach. Spend an afternoon with the Rangers learning all about this unique New York City site. Later,…

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