Monday, May 04, 2015

Upcoming Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, May 9, 2015 to Sunday, May 10, 2015:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, May 9, 12–1 pm
Introduction to Bird Watching
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
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Prospect Park Birdathon Day walk
Meet 7:30 AM at Bartel Pritchard Square park entrance
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Peak of migration, the celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. This walk is not the team version. For information on team organization, see the next item. Participants in this walk may elect to support a personal bird-relevant cause. A suggested supporting cause for this walk could be NYC Wildlflower week, or similar . More details will be given at the beginning of the walk.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
"The Birdathon", International Migratory Bird Day (Team version)
A global event celebrating the beauty of birds and their habitats. This event encourages fundraising for conservation causes. For this year, the theme is "Restore habitat, Restore birds".
If you are interested in forming a team, need more information, or for details on the Prospect Park walk, please contact the BBC Birdathon coordinator Bobbi Manian: email Roberta.manian@yahoo.com.
Note: This year, teams will support Vallarta Botanic Gardens [ http://www.vbgardens.org/ ] through the auspices of Environment of the Americas (IMBD ) [ http://birdday.org/ ]. More details will be provided by the teams' coordinator when you register.

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Greenwood Cemetery
Leader: Ed Crowne
Meet 8:00 am at the cemetery's East entrance 20th Street and Prospect Park West. Nearest train is the "F" line to 15th St/ Prospect Park. Walk west 3 blocks on Prospect Park West to entrance.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Friday, May 8, 2015
Riverside Park Drip Sit — 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Leader: Geoffrey Nulle – information only 212-864-4703
No registration: Public transportation
Meet at Drip inside park, just south of 119th Street tennis courts.
Arrive anytime, leave anytime. Some chairs provided.

Saturday, May 9, 2015
New Jersey Hotspots
Leader: Robert Machover
Registrar: Lenore Swenson – lenoreswenson@gmail.com or 212-533-9567
Registration opens: Monday April 27
Ride: $40

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North Shore Audubon Society
Saturday, May 9, 2015
BIG DAY Alley Pond Park 76th Ave
***6:30 start time
After lunch continues at Jamaica Bay for those who choose
QCBC Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562

Walks are for beginners and experienced birders alike.
Weather permitting, walks start at 9:30 AM unless indicated by ***, in which case, the walk will start at 6:30 am on BIG Day.
If in doubt, please call the trip leader.
Please note: all phone numbers are area code 516 unless otherwise indicated.
In most cases, the contacts are also leaders for the respective walks.
Go to our website at http://northshoreaudubon.org/ for directions.
We would like to encourage carpooling, where possible.

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, May 9, 2015
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, May 9, 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, May 9, 2015, 9am – 5pm
Sterling Forest Warblers
Guides: Don Riepe, Tod Winston
Explore the woodland and pond habitat of the 20,000-acre Sterling Forest preserve during peak spring migration. Look for nesting warblers (including golden-winged, cerulean, hooded, prairie, and blue-winged) as well as spring wildflowers, reptiles, and amphibians. Visit the rustic visitor center. Trip involves 4-mile hike and some rocky terrain.
Bring lunch, water, and binoculars. Transport by passenger van. Limited to 12. $115 (80)
Click here to register

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 8am – 12pm
Introduction to Bird Song (trip)
Class: Thursday, May 7, 6:30-8:30pm
Trip: Sunday, May 10, 8am-noon
Guide: Joe Giunta, Happy Warblers LLC
Do you ever wonder who is singing? Learn to identify the large variety of migrant and resident birds in New York City. Leading NYC birder Joe Giunta will first introduce you to the subtleties of bird-song identification in the classroom followed by a field trip in Central Park to bird by eye and ear to reinforce your learning. Limited to 12. $72 (50)
Click here to register

Sunday, May 10, 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

Sunday, May 10, 2015, 10am – 11am
Birding Basics for Families
Guides: NYC Audubon
Offered by the Central Park Conservancy
Meet at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues. Experience Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot! Join Conservancy Discovery Guides and NYC Audubon Society on this walk to learn how to spot our feathered neighbors and their foreign cousins as they make their annual trip along the Atlantic Flyway. Witness firsthand how the Conservancy's work has made the Park a sanctuary for these birds. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Visitor Center.
For weather cancellation information, call 212.772.0288 . Limited to 20. Age 5 and up. Free.

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NYC Wildflower Week
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Nature Walks, Brooklyn:
Sunrise Listening Tour

Nature Walks, Bronx:
Van Cortlandt Bird Walk

Garden Tours, Manhattan:
Native Plant Habitat at LCBH Community Garden

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Nature Walks, Manhattan:
Birding Basics for Families

Fun for Kids, Staten Island:
Among the Wildflowers

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Spring 2015, 10-Mile Walk (1975-2015)
Enjoy a full Spring day outdoors walking 10 moderate miles in the Greenbelt at a comfortable pace. We will meet 9:15 a.m. at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue. Bring lunch, beverage and sturdy walking shoes. Come see what the LaTourette lowlands have to offer: Spring birds, budding trees, and always beautiful vistas. We will go in all but a pounding rain or thunderstorm.
For more information, call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036.

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Queens County Bird Club
Saturday, May 9, 2015
BIG DAY
Leader: Ian Resnick (917) 626-9562

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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Staten Island Museum
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 12:01am - 11:59pm
Big Day Bird Count
Location: Staten Island Museum, 75 Stuyvesant Place
Free
Join us for a 24 hour birding extravaganza! Count all the birds you can find on Staten Island at the 40th Anniversary of this annual event.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Songbird Migration Walk with Expert Naturalist Mike Feller at 218th Street and Indian Road (in Inwood Hill Park), Manhattan
8:30 a.m.
Join expert naturalist Mike Feller for a migratory bird walk in Inwood Hill Park and Muscota Marsh
Free!

Pop-Up Audubon: Wonderful Warblers at Eastwood (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Through fun games, experiments and citizen science projects, learn why warblers are so wonderful.
Free!
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Pop-Up Audubon II: Plant Clues at Peninsula (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Learn what trees and plants tell us about our environment.
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!

Sunday, May 10, 2015
Mother's Day at the Ridgewood Reservoir at Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens
8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Bring your mom for an early morning bird watching walk led by Steve and Heidi Nanz of the Brooklyn Bird Club. Binoculars recommended.
Free!

Birding: Willow Lake at Albert H. Mauro Playground (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens
9:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Spring Birding at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill), Bronx
9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
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…
Free!

Birding Basics for Families at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Experience Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot!
Free!

Pop-Up Audubon: Wonderful Warblers at Eastwood (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Through fun games, experiments and citizen science projects, learn why warblers are so wonderful.
Free!

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