Monday, April 18, 2016

Upcoming Birding and Nature Trips

Below is a list of upcoming nature trips by local birding/conservation groups for the weekend of Saturday, April 23, 2016 to Sunday, April 24, 2016:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 12pm – 1pm
Introduction to Bird Watching
Look! Up in the sky, it’s a bird! But what kind of bird is it? Take a tour and learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home. Led by Brooklyn Bird Club.

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Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Local Spring Sparrows
Leader: Dennis Hrehowsik and Bobbi Manian
Focus: Locations of Brooklyn and perhaps Queens frequented by the Emberizidae species
Car fee: $12.00
Registrar: Bobbi Manian email roberta.manian@gmail.com
Registration Period: April 16th – April 21st
Note: Random locations and itinerary of this themed trip is decided by the leaders.

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Freshkills Park
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 10:00am
Kayak Tour
Join the Freshkills Park Team and Kayak Staten Island for a kayaking experience like no other! Kayak along the Fresh Kill and see the site from a different perspective. This excursion will take you into the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge and up close to some of the varied wildlife that calls Freshkills Park home.

Kayaks, life vests, and brief safety training will be provided. Kayak tours are limited to participants ages 16 and over, in good health and with basic swimming skills. Be prepared to get wet! Space is very limited.

REGISTRATION OPENS SUNDAY APRIL 10th

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Great South Bay Audubon Society
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 8:30am
Connetquot River SPP
Leaders: Bob Grover (516-318-8536) Ken Thompson (631-612-8028)
Meet in parking field. Entrance is on the westbound side of Sunrise Highway (Rte. 27) west of Pond Road. If coming from west to east, Take exit 47A and go to the next overpass, Oakdale Bohemia Rd. to cross over bridge, then head westbound and stay in right lane to entrance.

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Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society
Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 9:00am
Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Prospect Park Bird Walk

Rich in birdlife, Prospect Park is a designated Important Bird Area. Today we will explore the park, looking for early migrants. You can take an electric boat ride if you like!

Registration: 631-885-1881 or aveblue@gmail.com.

Directions: Jackie Robinson Parkway to Bushwick Ave exit. Turn left on Eastern Parkway and stay on until Grand Army Plaza. Go around Plaza onto Flatbush Ave. (The Brooklyn Public Library will be on your left and the Park on your right.) After you pass the Zoo and Lefferts Historic House, turn right at the traffic light at Ocean Ave. Follow Ocean Ave to the next major intersection which is Parkside Ave. Make a sharp right into the Park. Proceed to the flashing light and turn left into the Wollman Rink parking lot. If it is not open, you have to park on the street. Follow signs to Audubon Center, a 5-minute walk from the parking lot.

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Linnaean Society of New York
Saturday, April 23, 2016 (rain date Sunday April 24)
Pine Barrens for Early Spring Butterflies and More
Leader: Rick Cech
Registrar: Sandra Maury — sandramaury39@gmail.com or 212-874-8441
Registration opens: Monday April 11
Ride: $45

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New York Botanical Garden (Bronx)
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Debbie Becker leads a free bird walk at the Garden every Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm beginning at the Reflecting Pool in the Leon Levy Visitor Center

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New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 10am-1pm
Birds and Plants: New York Botanical Garden in Springtime, The Bronx
Guides: Gabriel Willow
Meet by the ticket booth just inside the Garden’s Mosholu Gate on Southern Boulevard. The New York Botanical Garden is home to a large tract of East Coast old-growth forest. During the peak of spring migration, the beautiful gardens come alive with migrating songbirds. Limited to 15. Entrance fee to NYBG not included. $39 (27)
Click here to register

Sunday April 24, 2016, 8am-11am
Spring Migration Morning Walk in Central Park
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet at the entrance to the Park at 72nd Street and Central Park West and join Gabriel Willow for a Spring morning walk in Central Park to welcome the arrival of warblers, vireos, tanagers, cuckoos, and other species stopping off in the park for a rest and a snack on their way north. We will explore the Ramble and surrounding environs and stop for a rest and a snack ourselves at the Boathouse. Limited to 15. $39 (27)
Click here to register

Sunday, April 24, 2016, 8-10:30am
The Birds of Woodlawn Cemetery, The Bronx
Guides: Tod Winston, Joseph McManus, Friends of Woodlawn Docent
With The Friends of Woodlawn
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

Saturdays April 9, May7, June 4, and Sundays April 24 and May 22, 9-10am
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Guide: NYC Audubon
With the Queens Botanical Garden
Register for one or the series of five free nature walks in partnership with the New York City Audubon Society! The tours will introduce visitors to the feathered friends of the Garden like warblers, blue jays and robins as well as our favorite, the red-tailed hawk! Spot these creatures of flight, and learn about how QBG offers valuable resources for birds and other wildlife in the region. Binoculars available. Limited to 25. Appropriate for all ages. Free with Garden admission. To register, email info@queensbotanical.org or visit www.queensbotanical.org/calendar

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Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (Staten Island)
Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Crooke’s Point
Cost: Free
Contact: Paul Leaderer 718-354-9200
Maritime spits such as Crooke’s Point are dynamic typographical features which were formed and sculpted by water and wind action. Join naturalist Paul T. Lederer in a talk and walk where he will discuss the geology and human history of the site as well as the plants and animals that call this place home. Meet at the Beach Center Parking Lot in Great Kills Park near the dirt road leading out to Crooke’s Point. To get to the Beach Center Parking Lot, follow Buffalo Street to just before it turns into the dirt permit road. For more information or directions contact Paul Leaderer at 718-354-9200

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South Shore Audubon Society
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Hempstead Lake State Park

All walks start at 9:00 A.M.
There is no walk if it rains or snows or temperature is below 25°F.
For more information or in case of questionable weather conditions, please phone Joe at 516 467-9498
For directions to our bird-watching locations, click here.

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Sullivan County Audubon Society
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 8:00am
Birds and Butterflies of Fir Brook
Meet leaders Ruth McKeon and Renee Davis at the parking lot opposite the Citgo Station in Parksville. Exit 98 off Rte 17, left at second stop sign. Parking lot is 1.3 miles on left. If weather is questionable please call Ruth at 434-4629 or Renee at 482-5044 before 7 pm.

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Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, April 23, 2016
Birding: Raptor Nests at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle
Free!

Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh Tour at Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh (in Randall's Island Park), Manhattan
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Join us for a tour of our flagship salt marsh! Learn about the ecology of the space, view wildlife up-close, and learn how the island’s history has shaped our natural areas.
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? Take a tour and learn about the magnificent array of birds that call Prospect Park home.
Free!

Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh Tour at Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh (in Randall's Island Park), Manhattan
2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of our flagship salt marsh! Learn about the ecology of the space, view wildlife up-close, and learn how the Island’s history has shaped our natural areas.
Free!

Sunday, April 24, 2016
Bird Walk with New York City Audubon at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens
9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how Queens Botanical Garden provides important resources for birds—like seeds and insects to eat, water. and shelter.

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