Monday, February 09, 2015

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, February 14, 2015 to Sunday, February 15, 2015:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, February 14, 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.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
February 14th-15th, 2015
Overnight Weekend: Montauk Point and East End, Long Island
Leader: Rob Bate
Focus: Winter birds of various habitats, waterfowl and winter flocks
Car fee: $100.00
Registrar: Bobbi Manian email Roberta.manian@yahoo.com
Registration period: Jan 2nd - Feb 5th

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, February 14, 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, February 14, 2015, 10am – 1pm
Central Park Winter Walk
Guide: Gabriel Willow Meet at Central Park West and 72nd Street.
Some of the best sightings await hardy nature-lovers willing to venture out in winter! Several species of owls can be seen in Central Park for example, but generally only in the colder months. "Winter finches" such as Pine Siskins, Redpolls, and Crossbills have also been found at the feeders or in conifers in the park. Observing the adaptations for cold-weather survival among Blue Jays, Titmice, and other resident species is fascinating as well. Warm up after the walk with a hot chocolate by the fireplace at the Loeb Boathouse.
Limited to 15. $36 (25) Click here to register

Sunday, February 15, 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)
Sunday, February 15, noon to 2 p.m.
Blue Heron Park (1975 – 2015)
Following our successful effort to preserve Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Protectors of Pine Oak Woods sought another project for our newly formed environmental organization. Protectors hosted a community meeting during which Jack and Lois Baird and Howard Fisher made impassioned arguments for the preservation of freshwater wetlands and woodlands located in southeast Annadale. Collaborating with the Bairds and Howard Fisher, Protectors helped the newly formed Friends of Blue Heron Park achieve its goal to preserve those precious woodlands. Join with Elaine Croteau to celebrate 40 years of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and the creation of Blue Heron Park. Participants will gather at the Blue Heron Park Nature Center located at 222 Poillon Avenue.
For more information call Elaine Croteau at 718-698-6056.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Birding: Winter Birds at Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens
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!

Great Backyard Bird Count at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Saturday, February 14, 11am to 1pm Join QBG for the 18th annual bird counting event. Our results will be added to those submitted from around the world. Meet…
Free!

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!

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