Monday, November 17, 2014

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of November 22, 2014 to November 23, 2014:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, November 22, 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 23, 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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Bedford Audubon Society
Saturday, November 22, 8:30am-2pm
Bird Walk: Jamaica Bay with Bedford Audubon Naturalist Tait Johansson
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is a migratory stopover for large numbers of waterfowl and other waterbirds in late fall, including impressive flocks of Snow Geese. Family friendly for kids 12 and older, but children must be accompanied by a guardian. Meet at Bylane at 7:15 or at The Jamaica Bay Visitors’ Center at 8:30. Dress warm and bring a lunch.
Cost: Free.
Level of difficulty: Easy.
Please register with Jeanne Pollock at jpollock@bedfordaudubon.org or 914.519.7801.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, November 22, 2014
The Great Marathon Birding Hike of Western Rockaway
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Coastal birds and waterfowl, gulls, raptors, winter passerines
Itinerary: This long beach hike will cover Riis Park, heading west along the coastal dunes and beach through Fort Tilden to the Breezy Point tip and back. Approximate walking distance is 9 miles round trip . Wear good shoes, bring light scope and lunch. For folks in good condition, steady gait. Note: While the leader will continue on, participants interested in a shorter walk can turn back from Fort Tilden's Fisherman parking lot.
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, 347-622-3559 text only
Meet 8 am at Hillel Place and Flatbush Ave corner.
Location: http://tinyurl.com/meetBBCNov22
Nearest train IRT "Brooklyn College" station( last stop) or B 41 bus. From here we take the Q 35 bus to the Fort Tilden stop, 1st stop after the Marine Park Bridge (opposite the firehouse)
Resource: http://web.mta.info/nyct/maps/busbkln.pdf

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, November 22, 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 22, 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.

Sunday, November 23, 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)
Sunday, November 23, 2014, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Discover Francis Woodlands
Walk 1.3 miles through towering trees and deep hollows. We will also stop at the overlook to take in the 14-mile panoramic view. This is a special place preserved forever. Meet at 12 noon at the end of Morse Avenue at Essex. Morse Avenue is 4 short blocks down Peru Street, which is a right turn off Ocean Avenue, 1 block past Manor Road going towards Richmond Road. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, November 30.
For more information, call Hillel Lofaso at 718-477-0545.

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Great Kills Seashore
Meet at the first parking lot about ¼ miles from the entrance to Great Kills Park. From the starting point near where the bath house once stood we will explore the shoreline and peat flats to discover which species of intertidal life are active in the fall before it gets really cold. Please dress appropriately for walking in this muddy environment and for the weather.
For more information, call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, November 22, 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!

Ranger's Choice: Green-Wood Cemetery Bird Walk and History Tour at Green-wood Cemetery
11:00 a.m.
Learn about the famous New Yorkers buried here, as well as the diverse bird population that thrives in the rolling acres that surround the graves, tombs, and mausoleums of this place.
Free!

Sunday, November 23, 2014
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!

Birding: Owls at Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
1:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

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