Monday, March 09, 2015

Upcoming Nature Trips

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

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10 am – 11 am
Family Bird Watching
Looking for a fun way to spend time with your family outdoors? Join the Prospect Park Alliance for its monthly family bird watching tours. After learning how to use binoculars, join our naturalists to identify some of the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home. Please note that this tour leaves promptly at 10 am.

Saturday, March 14, 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
Saturday, March 14, 2015
Massapequa Preserve Greenbelt Trail by LIRR
Leader: Peter Dorosh (347-622-3559 text only)
Focus: a long casual flat hike on the preserve's Greenbelt trail
Train fee: To be determined at Brooklyn's Atlantic Ave Long Island Railroad station
Registrar: Peter Dorosh, (preferred) or 347-622-3559 text
Note: the registrar will communicate the train time of departure and instructions to participants. Meet downstairs at the ticket windows.
Registration Period: March 3rd - March 12th


New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, March 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


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
Protectors’ initial project has been feeling the pressures development lately. The approved build-through of Englewood Avenue and the proposed build-through of the West Shore service road have shown that no property is truly protected. Come explore the trails of a combination of ecosystems, such as sand barrens, wetlands, and ponds, and a beautiful park to explore in any season. Meet at the parking lot for the park at 83 Nielsen Avenue (
For more information call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at john.paul.learn@gmail.

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 10 a.m. to noon
William H. Pouch Camp (1975 – 2015)
When initial discussions to preserve Pouch Camp began, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods was there to share our successful experience shaping strategy for preservation. Protectors was well represented on the Committee to Save Pouch Camp, was the financial sponsor of the committee, published The Greenbelt in Peril: Save Pouch Camp and raised $12,000 for the direct support of the Trust for Public Land and the effort to purchase a conservation easement of the properties, thus ensuring preservation. Join with Dominick Durso to celebrate 40 years of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, the preservation of Pouch Camp and the continuance of scouting programs. Participants will gather at 1465 Manor Road to explore the property and discuss the importance of scouting for our Staten Island community.
For more information call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607.

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Crooke’s Point
Maritime sand spits such as Crooke’s Point are dynamic typographical features formed and sculpted by water and wind action. Join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a talk and walk where the geological and human history of the site will be discussed. He will also give an update on the maritime shrub-forest restoration and the Army Corps of Engineer dredging and sand removal operations. The entrance to Great Kills Park is located at the intersection of Buffalo Street and Hylan Boulevard. Participants will enter the park and gather in the Great Kills Park Beach Center Parking Lot near the beginning of the dirt permit road leading out to Crooke’s Point.
For more information call Paul T. Lederer at 718-987-1576.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, March 14, 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.

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