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Monday, January 05, 2015

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, January 10, 2015 to Sunday, January 11, 2015:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, January 10, 12 PM – 1 PM
Introduction to Birdwatching
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Jones Beach, Long Island
Leader: Steve Nanz
Focus: Coastal winter birds and waterfowl, gulls, raptors
Car fee: $25.00
Registrar: Heidi Steiner-Nanz email or call before 8 pm 718- 369-2116
Registration Period: Dec 30th -Jan 8th Mar 4 - Mar 13


Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Jones Beach and Point Lookout
Leader: Richard ZainEldeen
Registrar: Sandra Maury – or 212-874-4881
Registration opens: Monday, December 29, 2014
Ride: $25


Littoral Society
Friday, January 9 - Sunday, January 11, 2015
Montauk Winter Weekend
With our friends and partners at NYC Audubon, join us for a weekend of seals, seabirds and hikes on the shorelines and woods of Montauk during peak birding time. Visit the "Walking Dunes", historic Montauk lighthouse and bluffs, Camp Hero and Napeague forest and dunes.

Hikes and nature walks will be led by Chapter Director and noted naturalist, Don Riepe.

Trip Cost: $395.00 per person, double occupancy. $120 extra for single occupancy (total $515.00). If you would like us to match you with another same sex attendee for the double occupancy room rate, please contact us.

Price includes 2 nights at the stately Montauk Manor House (with heated pool and jacuzzi), 5 meals, 5 guided hikes and 2 evening programs.
For information and reservations call our Northeast Chapter Office at (718) 474-0896 or

Visit our Eventbrite page!


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, January 10, 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
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 9:30am – 11:30am
Winter Birding at Wave Hill, The Bronx
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.
Advanced registration is recommended, either online at, at the Perkins Visitor Center, or by calling 718-549-3200 x251. (Walks run rain or shine; in case of severe weather call the number above for updates.) Ages 10 and up welcome with an adult. NYC Audubon members enjoy two-for-one admission

Winter EcoCruise
Sunday, January 11, 2015, 12pm – 2pm
Guide: NYC Audubon Guide Meet at South Street Seaport’s Pier 17 and come aboard NY Water Taxi’s eco-friendly vessel for a winter adventure in New York Harbor! Look for harbor seals on the rocky shores of Governor’s Island and the more remote Hoffman and Swinburne Islands. Learn about the surprisingly diverse winter birds of New York City, including ducks, geese, loons, and sandpipers, many of which migrate south from the Arctic. See the Statue of Liberty and pass under the Verrazano Bridge. Dress warmly! . Limited to 90.
To register, contact New York Water Taxi at 212-742-1969 or $35 for adults; $25 for children under 12; $105 for family pack for 2 adults and 2 children


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, January 10, 2015, 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Protectors’ Annual Winter 10-Mile Greenbelt Walk
Come join others who enjoy a cold day outdoors. Ten moderate miles at a comfortable pace. We meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue. Bring lunch and beverage and sturdy walking shoes. Dress warmly in layers. We go in all weather. Come see what the winter woodland has to offer: winter birds, bare forest trees, frozen ponds, evergreens and possibly some snow cover to detect deer visits, and always beautiful vistas.
For more information, call Dominic Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036.

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Interested in writing about Nature? Join Gert Coleman to walk the trails, listen to the birds, and observe the wonders of old clay pits reclaimed by nature. Bring a notebook to record your thoughts. Meet in the visitors parking lot along Veterans Road West. Dress warmly.
For more information, call Gert at 718-356-9235 or e-mail

Saturday, January 10, 2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill
Located in the Greenbelt, Heyerdahl Hill is nestled in an impressive stretch of woodland, holding ruins of a stone home built in the 1800s and plants and trees rarely seen in urban woodlands. We’ll meet at the stone wall on Meisner Avenue, located by the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Meisner Avenue – Parking is available along the road to Eger Nursing Home.
For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail

Sunday, January 11, 2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Long Pond Park
We’ll explore Long Pond Park, keeping an eye out for local White-tailed deer and for some of the recently planted reforestation areas of the park. Long Pond is an uncommon mixture of woodland and wetland, providing a peaceful home to a diverse range of wildlife. It is one of the truly idyllic areas in all of New York, covering over 100 acres. Meet for the walk at the corner of Eugene St. and Adelphi Avenue, right by the intersection of Page Avenue and Amboy Road – Parking is available on Eugene Street.
For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail


Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Point Lookout
Leader: John Collins 908-581-4976 8am

MINI TRIPS: Break after lunch +/-
ALL DAY TRIPS: BYO lunch, dinner out. {optl}
WEEKEND TRIPS: Two + days / Overnight
MONTHLY MEETINGS: Presentation with speaker {except July and Aug}

Trip Etiquette
Please register for trips

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


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, January 10, 2015
Birding: Eagles at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
9:00 a.m.
Winter is a spetacular season in which to observe bald eagles through New York City parks. Join us for this early morning program and enjoy learning more about their natural history.

Family Birdwatching at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Looking for a fun way to spend time with your family outdoors? Join the Prospect Park Alliance for its monthly family bird watching tours.

Introduction to Bird Watching at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Join the Prospect Park Alliance to learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Winter Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
The Hudson River valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Explore Wave Hill’s tranquil gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel…

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