Monday, March 31, 2014

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of April 5, 2014 to April 6, 2014:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturdays, March 1 – 29, 12 – 1 p.m.
Free
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.

Sunday, April 6, 2014
Morning Bird Walk: Changing Seasons, Changing Birds
Free
See the birds that call the Park home all winter. Start your Sunday morning surrounded by nature!

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Flushing Meadows Park, Queens
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: sparrows, open field species, waterbirds, shorebirds, raptors
Car Fee: $12.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, email (preferred) prosbird@aol.com or text message to 1-347-622-3559
Registration Period: March 25th - April 3rd
Note: this is the first BBC visit to this location in decades; there will be extensive walking

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday April 5, 2014
Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn
Leader: Rob Jett aka "The City Birder" – information only 917-887-4118
No registration – public transportation (R train to 25th Street)
Meet at Main Gate (25th Street and 5th Avenue, Brooklyn) at 8:00 am

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, April 5, 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
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center
Guide: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy 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, April 5, 2014, 9:30am – 2:15pm
Spring Hike in the Greenbelt, Staten Island
Guide: Gabriel Willow With the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation and the Greenbelt Conservancy Meet at the Manhattan terminal of the S.I. ferry and begin your tour on water. Explore trails within the 3,000-acre Staten Island Greenbelt and learn about the efforts to preserve Pouch Camp property: as of December 2013, 95 of the 143 total acres of unspoiled woods and wetlands will be protected; the remaining land however is still under threat of development. Look for early spring migrants and learn about the Greenbelt’s ecology. Includes a brief stop at the Greenbelt Nature Center and transportation on Staten Island.
Limited to 20. $39 (27) Click here to register

Sunday, April 6, 2014, 9am – 3pm
Spring Migration in Pelham Bay Park
Guide: Gabriel Willow Pelham Bay Park's combination of open water, salt marsh, rocky shore, old growth forest, young forest, shrub-land, rare coastal tall grass meadows, and patches of dry and wet oak savanna are not just unique within new York City, but also on this continent. With such richly diverse habitat it is no wonderthat this urban gem is a great home for wildlife. We’ll look for migrating songbirds, raptors, and more. bring lunch. Transport by passenger van included.
Limited to 12. $90 (63) Click here to register

Sunday, April 6, 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

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Bird Walk at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
8:00 a.m.
NYC Audubon experts lead the way as we marvel at quirky but logical bird behavior and delicate feathers in exquisite patterns. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear sturdy…
Free!

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