Monday, April 07, 2014

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of April 12, 2014 to April 13, 2014:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturdays, through June 28, 12 – 1 p.m.
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, "A Short Birding Stroll for Spring's Delights"
Meet: No registration necessary. Meet 10:00 am at the Eastern Parkway entrance
Leader: Nancy Tim
Note: BBG is free from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays


Littoral Society
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Beach Cleanup with New York Cares Day Spring
Time: 9:30 AM - 3 PM
Kick off spring with a community cleanup of North Channel Bridge and Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, Queens with the American Littoral Society and New York Cares! On April 12th, thousands of New York Cares volunteers get their hands dirty in parks, community gardens and public spaces throughout the city. Join us for a fun day of service and help us spread the word to your friends and family!
Advance registration required, click here to register.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, April 12, 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
Saturday, April 12, 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.

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 9:30am – 11:30am
Birding at Wave Hill
Guide: Gabriel Willow With Wave Hill Meet at the Perkins Visitor Center. Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of bird species and their behaviors on these captivating walks. Wave Hill’s garden setting overlooking the Hudson River flyway provides the perfect habitat for resident and migrating birds. Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. Reservations recommended; register online at, by calling 718-549-3200 x305, or at the Perkins Visitor Center. Severe weather cancels; for updates call 718-549-3200 x245 by 8am the day of the walk.
NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission.

Sunday, April 13, 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


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.
Long Pond Park
We will explore Long Pond Park, keeping an eye out for the local White-tailed deer population and emergence of spring species. Meet for the walk at the corner of Eugene Street and Adelphi Avenue, right by the intersection of Page Avenue and Amboy Rd – ( ). Parking is available on Eugene Street.
For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or email at

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 10:00 A.M. to Noon
Arbutus Avenue Woodlands
Join Mike Shanley as we explore the woodlands along Arbutus Avenue in Annadale Staten Island. This area contains a number of important Bluebelt areas as well as an abandoned Horse Stable that will soon be developed. We will be meeting at the Blue Heron Park Nature Center.
Please e-mail Mike Shanley at for more info.

Sunday, April 13, 2014, 2:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Acme Pond
Acme Pond is a diverse ecosystem. This walk will take us through hiking trails in some of the most idyllic woodlands in all of New York City. We will meet at the corner of Seguine Avenue and Herbert Street. Street parking is available on Herbert Street and in parking lots off of Herbert Street ( ).
For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or email at


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7:30am
Rockaways Minitrip
Leader: Corey Finger 518-445-5829
Trips Note:
MINI TRIPS = Break after lunch +/-
ALL DAY TRIPS = BYO lunch, dinner out. {optl}
WEEKEND TRIPS = Two + days / Overnight


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 12, 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…

Nature and Birding Walk Through the Heather Garden at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan
9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Learn to identify and value the flora and fauna of northern Manhattan with Leslie Day.

Birding: Spring Migrants at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
10:00 a.m.
New York City is directly under the Atlantic Flyway migration route for many bird species. Check out which species are visiting NYC.

Birding for Kids at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City

CANCELLED: Bird Walk at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Sherman Creek Park offers a diversity of ecosystems that provide habitat for many of New York City’s bird species. Come check out some of the best birding spots in Manhattan…

Freshkills Park Hike at Schmul Park, Staten Island
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Join the Freshkills Park Staff as we hike areas we are developing into brand new parkland on Staten Island.

Sunday, April 13, 2014
Birding at Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
11:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.

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