Monday, February 24, 2014

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of March 1, 2014 to March 2, 2014:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturdays, March 1 – 29, 12 – 1 p.m.
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 8am
Morning Bird Walk: Gulls Galore
Meet the amazing birds of Prospect Park on this expert-guided walk. Start your Sunday morning surrounded by nature!


Brooklyn Bird Club
March 1st and 2nd
Overnight Weekend: Montauk Point, Long Island East End
Leader: Rob Bate
Focus: late winter specialties at NY's premier sea watch site: raptors, passerines, waterfowl, grassland and marsh species
Car Fee: $85.00
Registrar: Sandy Paci, email (preferred) or call 1-347-834-5881 before 9PM
Registration Period: Early January to February 15th


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday – Sunday March 1–2
Montauk Weekend
Leader: Joe DiConstanzo
Registrar: Lenore Swenson – or 212-533-9567 New Registrar
Registration opens: Monday February 3
Ride: $80


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, March 1, 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


New York City Audubon Society
Sunday, March 2, 2014, 10am – 11am
Birding for Families
Sundays, March 2 - May 25, 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

Sunday, March 2, 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 $35 for adults; $25 for children under 12 (no member discount)


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Old Mill Road
We will follow the multi-use trail overlooking Fresh Kills, pass the famous Hessian Spring as it crosses the path and view Fresh Kills estuary and work our way to the remains of Ketchum’s Mill. Along the way we will observe traces of the past, examine the present woodland ecosystems and search for evidence of present inhabitants especially deer and other mammals. Park at the start of Old Mill Road, alongside the St. Andrew’s Church.
For more information call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Saturday, March 1, 2014, 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill
Located in the Greenbelt, Heyerdahl Hill is nestled in an impressive stretch of woodland, holding ruins of a stone home built in the 1800s and plants and trees rarely seen in urban woodlands. We will meet at the stone wall on Meisner Avenue, located by the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Meisner Avenue – (
For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or email at

Sunday, March 2, 2014, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Clay Pit Pond
Come stroll the trails through a combination of ecosystems, such as sandy pine barrens, wetland ponds and a beautiful park to explore in any season. The Fall migration is just underway and mixed flocks of blackbirds should calling throughout the park. Meet in the parking lot at 83 Nielsen Avenue – (
For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or email at


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, March 2, 2014
North Shore Quack Attack
Leader: Mary Normandia. 516-965-2282 PLEASE contact her if you intend to participate

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Christopher Morley Park, Searingtown Road, North Hills. (L.I.E. exit 36, drive north on Searingtown Rd., in less than 1 mile the park will be on the right (east side of Searingtown Rd.). Park in the NW corner. Bring scopes and lunch and be willing to car pool. Will be back at Chris Morley by 3pm.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, March 1, 2014
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.

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