Monday, November 10, 2014

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of November 15, 2014 to November 16, 2014:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, November 15, 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, invites families to directly engage with nature through outdoor learning in locations around the Park.

Sunday, November 16, 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, invites families to directly engage with nature through outdoor learning in locations around the Park.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Plumb Beach region, Brooklyn coast
Leader: Bobbi Manian
Focus: Coastal birds and waterfowl, gulls, raptors
Car fee: $10.00
Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik, email deepseagangster@gmail.com
Registration Period: Nov 4th - Nov 13th

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, November 15, 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, November 15, 2014, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Park Bird Walks, The Bronx
Guides: 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, November 16, 2014, 8:30-10am
Birding Gems of Queens: Willow Lake in Flushing Meadow Corona Park
Sundays, October 12, November 16, December 7, 8:30-10am
Guide: Jeff Kollbrunner
Meet at Park Drive East and 73rd Terrace. Explore one of the City's last freshwater wetlands. Observe the great avian diversity of this park from strategic points along Willow Lake Trail, including looks from a wildlife blind at the 47-acre Willow Lake. In addition to songbirds, swallows, and swifts, observe great blue herons, black-crowned night-herons, and ospreys. We may even see the immature bald eagle known to haunt nearby Meadow Lake, soaring overhead!
Limited to 15. $43 (30) per walk Click here to register

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10am – 11am
Birding for Families in Central Park
Guide: 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. As a family, learn how to spot and identify our feathered neighbors in their natural surroundings. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Dana Center. For weather cancellation information, call 212-860-1370.
Limited to 20. Age 5 and up. Free

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop in the Egbertville Ravine
Meet at the White Trail crossing of Eleanor Street (close to Rockland Ave.) We will follow the White Trail north toward Nevada Avenue and uproot Multiflora Rose and uproot or prune the invasive vines that strangle trees and shade out our native plants. We will concentrate on Oriental Bittersweet vines that have grown into the tops of the trees. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves, loppers and pruners (and refreshments). After a two-hour work session, we will take a short walk over nearby trails.
Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 for more information.

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Wolfe’s Pond Park
Containing mature upland woods, swamp forest, open marsh, ponds, and shoreline on Raritan Bay, Wolfe’s Pond is one of the most diverse parks in the city. Meet at the comfort stations at the end of the parking lot. The entrance to the parking lot is located off of Cornelia Avenue – http://goo.gl/maps/n8XBa.
For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail john.paul.learn@gmail.com

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Crooke’s Point, Great Kills Park
Join Paul T. Lederer for a “Talk and Walk” at Crooke’s Point. Mr. Lederer has played an active role in working to protect the ecology of Crooke’s Point from National Park Service’s plan to restore Crooke’s Point. The natural history, as well as updates on the Crooke’s Point restoration project, will be highlighted. We will meet at the Beach Center parking lot at the beginning of the dirt road leading to Crooke’s Point.
For more information, call Paul Lederer at 718-987-1576.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, November 16, 2014
South Shore Potpouri
Leader: Ian Resnick 917-626-9562
Meet We meet at Lofts Pond Park in Baldwin On Windsor and Merrick road. 8am

Notes
MINI TRIPS: Break after lunch +/-
ALL DAY TRIPS: BYO lunch, dinner out. {optl}
WEEKEND TRIPS: Two + days / Overnight

Trip Etiquette
Please register for trips

1 - Register. Let leaders know you're coming!
2 - Car pooling or skipping requires planning
3 - Be advised if there are last minute changes or cancellations. These cannot be communicated to unknown persons.
4 - Be on time! Most trips begin birding by 8am!
5 - Please arrive before the starting time so we do not waste precious early morning bird activity.
6 - Plan your travel time.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Bird Walk with NYC Audubon 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!

Birding Bootcamp at Wave Hill, Bronx
9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Can you tell a catbird from a cowbird? New and experienced birders are invited to join expert birder, naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow to discover the many groups of birds that…

Birding: Raptor Migration at Gateway Drive and Erskine Street (in Spring Creek Park), Brooklyn
11:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife-viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Birding at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Birding for Families at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Experience the coming of fall in Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot!
Free!

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