Monday, January 12, 2015

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, January 17, 2015 to Sunday, January 18, 2015:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 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.

Sunday, January 18, 2015, 11 am – 12:30 pm
Birding: Winter Birds
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. The Rangers offer birding programs throughout the year and are appropriate for all skill levels - beginners are welcome. Enjoy learning about the birds that call New York City parks home for the winter months. The tour will begin promptly at 11 am, and tours may vary in length.
Free

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Saturday January 17, 2015
The NY State Waterfowl count
http://www.nybirds.org/ProjWaterfowl.htm
For more information at end of this year, 2014, contact Region 10 (Long Island) Coordinator: Ron Bourque, email ron.jean11@verizon.net
Focus: water birds and ducks survey of Brooklyn and western Queens locations
Contact for team setup: Peter Dorosh, Email Prosbird@aol.com or TEXT Message 347-622-3559

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, January 17, 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
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 12pm – 2pm
Winter EcoCruise
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 www.nywatertaxi.com. $35 for adults; $25 for children under 12; $105 for family pack for 2 adults and 2 children

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop between Moses Mountain and SeaView
Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park. If you arrive late, walk to the first bend of the entry road, follow the Yellow Trail past Moses Mountain. Take the unmarked trail to the right toward SeaView where we will uproot the alien Devil’s Walking Stick and cut Oriental Wisteria vines. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. After a two-hour work session we will take a short walk over nearby trails.
For more information, call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.

Sunday, January 18, 2015, noon to 2 p.m.
Where It All Began – Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve (1975 – 2015)
40 years ago three like-minded men decided that the unique freshwater wetlands and woodlands we know as Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve must be preserved from development. During the preservation of this unique blend of ecosystems those three men created Protectors of Pine Oak Woods. Join with Cliff Hagen to celebrate 40 years of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and the preservation of Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve. Participants will gather in the Nature Center located at 2351 Veterans Road West. After a brief discussion, we will walk the trails, enjoy the quiet of winter woods and visit areas of the park currently pressured by development. Light refreshments will be available.
For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591 or email chagen72@gmail.com.

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, January 18, 2015, 8am
Montauk, Long Island
Leader: Ian Resnick 917-626-9562
Meet at Montauk Point

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.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, January 17, 2015
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.
Free!

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Birding: Winter Birds at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
11:00 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 the urban jungle. We offer birding programs…
Free!

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