Monday, June 02, 2014

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of June 7, 2014 to June 8, 2014:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Introduction to Birdwatching
Saturdays, 12 – 1 p.m.
Free
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.

Pop-Up Audubon
Saturdays and Sundays, April 5 – October 19, 12 – 5 p.m. / November – December, 12 – 4 p.m.
Free
The Prospect Park Alliance presents Pop-Up Audubon, now in its second season, which invites families to directly engage with nature through outdoor learning in locations around the Park.

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Pop-Up Audubon
Saturdays and Sundays, April 5 – October 19, 12 – 5 p.m. / November – December, 12 – 4 p.m.
Free
The Prospect Park Alliance presents Pop-Up Audubon, now in its second season, which invites families to directly engage with nature through outdoor learning in locations around the Park.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
June 7th-8th, 2014
Overnight Weekend: Watercourses, fields, meadows, and pine barrens of Central New Jersey
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Breeding birds of various habitats
Car fee: $100.00
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, email (preferred) prosbird@aol.com or text message to 1-347-622-3559
Registration period: May15th to June 1st
(This trip may extend into Monday for a three day birding weekend. Please notify the leader/registrar if interested. Otherwise participants may leave Sunday afternoon
Source: http://www.njwildlifetrails.org/

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, June 7, 2014
Eastern Long Island Specialties
Leader: Eric Salzman
Registrar: Regina Ryan – reginaryan@reginaryanbooks.com or 212-787-5589
Registration opens: Monday May 26
Ride: $40

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Littoral Society
June 6-8, 2014
Montauk Summer Weekend
Guides: Mike Bottini, Mickey Maxwell Cohen and Don Riepe, American Littoral Society
A great natural history weekend at the luxurious Montauk Manor House at the far eastern tip of Long Island, NY. Visit the “Walking Dunes” (cranberry & orchid bogs), Lighthouse Beach (tidal pools), Camp Hero Bluffs, Point O’Woods Walk and Big Reed Pond. See nesting pine and prairie warblers, bank swallows, screech owls, Baltimore orioles and enjoy the beautiful beaches. Trip leaders: Mike Bottini, Mickey Maxwell Cohen and Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society. Cost: $385.00 includes 2 nights at the Manor House (heated indoor/outdoor pools), 4 meals plus a wine & cheese welcome reception, 5 guided hikes, 2 evening programs, an evening star watch, plus free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. Optional paddleboarding/kayak trip. This trip is in partnership with NYC Audubon. For questions and reservations email: NEChapter@littoralsociety.org or call (718)474-0896.

To pay by credit card click here. To pay by check, write check to American Littoral Society and mail to: American Littoral Society, 28 West 9th Road, Broad Channel, NY 11693.

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, June 7, 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, June 7, 2014, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walk (spring)
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 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 8:30am – 11:00am
Late Migrants and Nesting Birds of Forest Park, Queens
Guides: Jeff Kollbrunner Meet at the corner of Park Lane South and Metropolitan Avenue. Visit "the waterhole" - a veritable migrant magnet when wet that is known for rarities, and where fylcatchers, sparrows, vireos, thrushes and a variety of warblers may be seen. Look also for birds of prey like great horned owls, eastern screech owls, and red-tailed hawks. Time and conditions allowing, we'll also explore some nearby glacial depressions.
Limit 15. $39 (27) Click here to register.

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 11:00 A.M. to 1:00P.M.
Foraging vs. Gardening?
Wonder what’s edible in your neighborhood? Though humanity has eaten nutritious wild plants for centuries, today we are used to using processed herbs and vegetables often grown hundreds of miles away. Join herbalist Gert Coleman at Conference House Park to learn safe and easy ways to forage for and cultivate wild and native plants for culinary and medicinal usage. We will walk the beach and paths, ending in the Colonial Herb Garden. Meet in the parking lot in front of the Visitors Center.
To register or to receive more information e-mail gert.coleman@verizon.net.

Saturday, June 7, 2014, Noon to 2:00 P.M.
North Mt Loretto State Forest
From phragmites marshes to mature forests we will observe a variety of ecosystems as we search for evidence of animal life from frogs and salamanders to deer and muskrats. We will also observe traces of the geologic history and human influence of this diverse area. Meet at the parking lot for North Mount Loretto on Amboy Road in Richmond Valley.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Sunday, June 8, 2014, 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.
Willowbrook Park Field Study
This Protectors walk provides an opportunity to study nature closely in the field. Our route takes the small loop of the white trail from the Carousel to the Archery Range and then to the Chimney Ruin. One goal of the walk is to count how many Tulip Trees you can spot. Bring flower and tree guides, loops or magnifying lenses, and lots and lots of questions. Share your knowledge of plant, fern and tree species with us. Meet at the Carousel; enter at Eton Place off Richmond Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, June 15.
For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Ward Pound Ridge
Leader: Eric Miller 917-279-7530

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, June 7, 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!

Summer on the Hudson: Nature Walks at 116th Street Overlook (in Riverside Park), Manhattan
9:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
June 7th’s walk will start at Riverside Drive and 116th Street and will explore the bird sanctuary.
Free!

Birding at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx
10:00 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. We offer birding programs…
Free!

Pop-Up Audubon: Incredible Invertebrates at Entrance to the Ravine, downhill from the Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Prospect Park Alliance presents Pop-Up Audubon, now in its second season, which invites families to directly engage with nature through outdoor learning in locations around the Park.
Free!

Introduction to Bird Watching at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Join the Alliance to learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Sunday, June 8, 2014
Pop-Up Audubon: Incredible Invertebrates at Entrance to the Ravine, downhill from the Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Prospect Park Alliance presents Pop-Up Audubon, now in its second season, which invites families to directly engage with nature through outdoor learning in locations around the Park.
Free!

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