Monday, April 06, 2015

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, April 11, 2015 to Sunday, April 12, 2015:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Staten Island Spring
Leader: Mike Yuan
Focus: first Spring neotropical songbird migrants, late ducks, sparrows, upland grass species
Car fee: $25.00
Registrar: Dennis Hrehowsik, email deepseagangster@gmail.com
Registration Period: March 31st - April 9th

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, April 11, 2015 (rain date April 12)
Hook Mountain for Early Spring Butterflies and Birds
Leader: Rick Cech
Registrar: Sandra Maury – sandramaury39@gmail.com or 212-874-4881
Registration opens: Monday, March 30
Ride: $25

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, April 11, 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, April 11, 2015, 8:00am – 9:30am
Van Cortlandt Bird Walks, The Bronx
Guides: NYC Audubon, Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy With the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy Meet at Van Cortlandt Nature Center. The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics.
For more information, please call 212-691-7483. No registration necessary. No limit. Free.

Saturday, April 11, 2015, 8:00am – 10:30am
The Birds of Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx
Guides: Tod Winston, Joseph McManus, Friends of Woodlawn Docent
Meet at the Jerome Avenue Entrance of Woodlawn Cemetery.
Join us for a morning bird walk and tour of beautiful Woodlawn Cemetery: Tod Winston and Joseph McManus will look for spring migrants and year-round residents on the expansive, wooded cemetery grounds, while a Friends of Woodlawn docent will share fascinating stories about Woodlawn’s history and the interesting mixture of individuals interred there.
Limited to 15. $35 (24)
Click here to register

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 9:30am – 11:30am
Spring Birding at Wave Hill, The Bronx
Guide: Gabriel Willow with Wave Hill
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of diverse bird species and their behavior on these captivating walks through the gardens and woodlands. Observe the plants, insects and habitats at Wave Hill that make it an appealing destination for such a wide variety of birds. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult. Birders of all levels welcome! Severe weather cancels. Registration recommended, online at www.wavehill.org or at the Perkins Visitor Center. (NYC Audubon Members enjoy two-for-one admission) MEET AT PERKINS VISITOR CENTER, 9:30AM

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop at High Rock Park
Meet in the parking lot of High Rock Park located at 200 Nevada Avenue. We will uproot the Oriental Wisteria that has gotten a foothold on the slope of Loosestrife Swamp close to the park entrance. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two-hour work session (our 224th 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

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to Noon
Nature Center Loop and Meisner Pond
Meet at the Nature Center at Rockland Avenue and Brielle Avenue for a delightful stroll through the early spring woods of the Greenbelt. Watch for early spring flowering and listen for spring warblers. We will add a walk to the Meisner Pond, a restful natural oasis, doubling as a Bluebelt. Easy to moderate trail.
For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545

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Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Shu Swamp
Leader: Rich Kelly 516-509-1094
Meet at 8:30am at gate. Click for map

MINI TRIPS: Break after lunch +/-
ALL DAY TRIPS: BYO lunch, dinner out. {optl}
WEEKEND TRIPS: Two + days / Overnight

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, April 11, 2015
Birding: Spring Migrants at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park), Queens
9:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

HSBC Children’s Garden Spring Session at QBG at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Children’s imaginations and knowledge blossom as they plant and harvest vegetables and flowers, visit the bee garden, and more.

Spring Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Join expert naturalists on a walk through the grounds of Wave Hill and discover the birds passing through the skies during this early migration season. Ages 10 and older welcome with…
Free!

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 birdwatching tours.
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!

Dunes, Drawing and Dendrology: Beach Walk and Talk at Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park), Staten Island
12:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Take a guided walk along a section of Conference House Park's nearly two-mile shoreline and learn why Conference House Park's wetlands and natural dunes are so important.
Free!

Chirps and Tweets Family Walk at Wave Hill, Bronx
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Can you mimic a bird call? Discover a range of birds that fly through Wave Hill, on a walk with naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a walk through the gardens and woodlands. Ages…
Free!

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Birding at Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx
11:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Birding for Beginners at High Rock Ranger Station (in High Rock Park), Staten Island
11:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Chirps and Tweets Family Walk at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.
Can you mimic a bird call? Discover a range of birds that fly through Wave Hill, on a walk with naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a walk through the gardens and woodlands. Ages…
Free!

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