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Monday, April 14, 2014

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of April 19, 2014 to April 20, 2014:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, April 19, 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 19, 2014
Brooklyn Bridge Park & Red Hook Waterfront
Meet: No registration necessary. Meet 7:30 am at Northeast corner of Pier One near the Barge Music boat
Leader: Mike Yuan
Focus: sparrows, wrens, early spring land passerines, some waterfowl
Note: In case of inclement weather, call or text leader at 1-917-647-3396 (preferred). If traveling by public transportation, bring bus fare for bus to Red Hook.


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday April 19, 2014 - rain date
Hook Mountain for Early Spring Butterflies and Birds (Note flexibility in scheduling for weather, flight periods)
Leader: Rich Cech
Registrar: Lenore Swenson– or 212-533-9567
Registration opens: Monday March 31
Ride: $25


Littoral Society
Sunday, April 20, 2014, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Hike the Trails of the North Forty Natural Area
Guide: Mickey Maxwell Cohen, American Littoral Society
Meet at the Ryan Visitor Center, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY. Join naturalist, Mickey Maxwell Cohen and discover birds, early wildflowers and hidden W.W. II military bunkers in this developing maritime woodland. This hike is in partnership with Gateway National Recreation Area.
For questions and rsvp, email: or call (718)474-0896.


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, April 19, 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 19, 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 19, 2014, 9am – 3pm
Beginning Birding (trip)
Classes: Wednesdays, April 9, 16, and 23, 6:30-8:30pm Trips: Saturdays, April 19 and 26, Times TBA Instructor: Tod Winston Learn the keys to identifying the spectacular variety of birds that migrate northwards through New York City every spring. Even if you've never picked up a pair of binoculars, you’ll soon be identifying warblers, thrushes, waterbirds, and more—both by sight and by ear. Three fun and educational in-class sessions and field trips to Central Park and Jamaica bay (transport to Jamaica bay included). limited to 12. $160 (112) Click here to register!

Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10am – 1pm
Birds and Plants II: New York Botanical Garden in Springtime, The Bronx
Guides: Gabriel Willow With The New York Botanical Garden Enter through the Mosholu gate and meet at the Mosholu ticketing booths at the Reflecting Pool near the Visitor Center. The New York Botanical Garden is home to a large tract of East Coast old-growth forest. During the peak of spring migration, the beautiful gardens come alive with migrating songbirds. Limited to 15. $39 (27) Click here to register

Sunday, April 20, 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


North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Leader: Lenore Figueroa - 718-343-1391

Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike.
Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 a.m. unless indicated otherwise. If in doubt, call the trip leader. Please note: all phone numbers are code 516 unless otherwise shown. In most cases, your contacts are the trip leaders.
The early winter walks are leaderless. For questions, contact Wendy Murbach at 546-6303.
For directions, click sitefinder view.
We encourage carpooling where feasable.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Forest Restoration Workshop in the Egbertville Ravine
Meet at the side of Meisner Road (toward the Eger Home) close to the intersection of Meisner and Rockland. We will follow the steam along Rockland Avenue and clean up trash from the stream edges and the banks of the bluebelt pond and fish what floatables we can from deeper waters. This is a long work session, so join us for whatever time you can contribute. If you have waterproof gloves and boots, bring them. Protectors will provide bags and tools. In case of rain this event will be postponed until the 26th.
Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 for more information.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 19, 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…

Birding: Spring Migrants at Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
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.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Hike the Trails of North Forty Natural Area at Ryan Visitor Center (in ), Brooklyn
10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Join American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen and discover birds, early wildflowers, and hidden W.W. II military bunkers in this developing maritime woodland.

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