Monday, February 10, 2014

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of February 15, 2014 to February 16, 2014:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Winter Waterfowl Photography Trip
Trip Leader: Rusty Harold
Car Fee: To be determined by leader
Focus: photography of winter waterfowl
Registrar: Rusty Harold, email (preferred) elharo@macfaq.com or call 1-347-899-1287 before 9PM
Registration period: Feb. 4th - Feb.13th
Note: Location(s) will be announced by leader during registration; Recommended to bring: tripod and your longest lens

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Prospect Park during the Great Backyard Bird Count
http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc
Meet 8 am at Grand Army Plaza park entrance "Stranahan "Statue
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik
Note: In case of inclement weather, call or text Dennis 1-347-981-5361; walk participants should submit observations to the above link "Submit your bird checklist"

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Sundays, January 12, February 16 | 10 a.m.
Bird Walk
Join naturalist Brad Klein on these walks and identify birds and other wildlife around BBG. Walks are free with garden admission. Meet at the Visitor Center.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday – Monday, February 15–17, 2014
Cape Ann, Newburyport, Plum Island and Halibut Point
Leader: Diana Teta
Registrar: Anne Lazarus – amlazarus@earthlink.net or 212-673-9059
Registration opens: Monday January 13
Ride: $120

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Littoral Society
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10 AM - 1 PM
Late Winter Birdwalk at Jamaica Bay with NYC Audubon
Visit the East and West Ponds to look for rafts of wintering ducks in breeding plumage, raptors such as northern harriers, sharp-shinned hawks and long-eared owls, as well as early spring migrants. Guide: Don Riepe. This hike is in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area and is free and open to the public.
Location: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Cross Bay Blvd, Broad Channel, NY.
Contact: RSVP: NEChapter@littoralsociety.org or call (718)474-0896

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, February 15, 2014
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

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New York City Audubon Society
Sunday, February 16, 2014, 10am – 1pm
Late Winter Birdwalk at Jamaica Bay
Guide: Don Riepe With Gateway National Recreation Area Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Hike around the East and West Ponds and to look for rafts of wintering ducks in breeding plumage, raptors such as northern harrier, sharp-shinned hawk, and long-eared owl, and possible early spring migrants.
To register, contact Don Riepe at 917-371-8577 or donriepe@gmail.com. Limited to 25. Free

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 12pm – 2pm
Winter Seals and Waterbirds of NY Harbor
Sundays, January 12–March 9, 12-2pm Guide: Gabriel Willow With New York Water Taxi
NOTE: Tours are now scheduled to run from 12-2pm instead of 2-4pm. New York Water Taxi will update their website soon to reflect the change Meet at South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 and come aboard NY Water Taxi’s eco-friendly vessel for a winter adventure in New York Harbor. Look for harbor seals on the rocky shores of Governor’s Island and the more remote Hoffman and Swinburne Islands. Learn about the surprisingly diverse winter birds of New York City, including ducks, geese, loons, and sandpipers, many of which migrate south from the Arctic. See the Statue of Liberty and pass under the Verrazano Bridge.
Limited to 90. To register, contact New York Water Taxi at 212-742-1969 or www.nywatertaxi.com. $35 for adults; $25 for children under 12 (no member discount)

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, February 15, 11:00 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 walk local trails and survey what invasive removal will be feasible for us in the warm season (our 210th monthly workshop).
For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

Sunday, February 16, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Great Kills Park
Meet at the first beach front parking lot about one quarter mile from the entrance to Great Kills Park. From the starting point near where the bath house once stood we will explore the mudflats to find the forms of intertidal life that are tough enough to have survived the winter. We will also scour the tide lines for those that haven’t!
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, February 16, 2014
Barnegat
All Day Trip
Leader: Ian Resnick

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, February 9, 2014
Pelham Bay Park

All walks start at 9:30 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
Any questions please Call Steve at (516) 987-8103.
For directions to our bird-watching locations, click here.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Great Backyard Bird Count at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join the Queens Botanical Garden for the 17th annual bird counting event. Our results will be added to those submitted from around the world.
Free!

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.
Free!

Birding: Winter Birds at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park), Brooklyn
1:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our parks and…
Free!

Sunday, February 16, 2014
Birding: Owls at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
1:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

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