Monday, March 16, 2015

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, March 21, 2015 to Sunday, March 22, 2015:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 1 pm – 2:30 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
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Greenwood Cemetery
Leader: Ed Crowne
Focus: early spring migrants, exiting and straggling winter birds
Meet: 8:30 am at the Greenwood Cemetery east entrance, Prospect Park West Avenue and 20th Street. Nearest subway: F train to 15th St/Prospect Park, walk 3 blocks west on Prospect Park West


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, March 21, 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
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 5:00pm – 9:30pm
The Sky-Dance of the Woodcock
Guide: Gabriel Willow
The American Woodcock is a remarkable bird: it is in the sandpiper family but lives in woodlands, often far from beaches. The male performs an incredible crepuscular aerial display and song early in the spring, soon after the snow melts in the northern US. There are a few places around NYC where they perform this display. Let's go look for it (and bats and owls and other critters, too) at Floyd Bennett Field!
Bring binoculars, comfortable shoes, a headlamp or flashlight, and a snack for a post-woodcock picnic. Transport by passenger van included. Limited to12. $90 (63)
Click here to register


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop at Hourglass Pond at High Rock
Meet in the parking lot at High Rock Park located at 200 Nevada Avenue. We will follow the trail along the Cemetery’s edge to Hourglass Pond cutting vines and pulling Multi-flora Rose along the way; at the Pond we will remove invasive shrubs and vines. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 223rd monthly workshop), 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.

Saturday, March 21, 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. Participants will meet at the stone wall on Meisner Avenue, located by the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Meisner Avenue (
For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. NOTE: NEW TIME
Semi-annual Spring Meeting, 40 Years and counting (1975–2015)
Join with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods as we celebrate four decades of successful environmental preservation. Visit with those responsible for the formation of Blue Heron Park, Wood Duck Pond, the Graniteville Quarry and more. Discussions will focus on the various strategies employed to preserve each unique property. Light refreshments will be served before a brief walk through Blue Heron Park.
The semi-annual meeting will be held at the Blue Heron Park Nature Center located at 222 Poillon Avenue.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, March 21, 2015
Birding: Eagles at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
9:00 a.m.
Witness the majesty of the American Bald Eagle as it soars over the Hudson River.

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.

Owl Prowl at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
We’ll scan for snowy owls, barred owls, saw whets, and long-eared owls.

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