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International trips are in collaboration with American Littoral Society

Costa Rica
Thursday-Saturday, March 3-12, 2005

Tour the best wildlife areas in this eco-friendly country. Visit La Selva, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Carara Biological Reserve, Manual Antonio National Park and other refuges to see scarlet macaw, toucan, monkey, sloth, coati-mundi, and many other species. Cost: $2,595 (approx.) includes airfare, lodging, vans local guides, boat tours, park fees, aerial walkways and most meals. Leader: Don Riepe. Contact Don Riepe for information and to reserve: (718) 318-9344 /


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  NYC Audubon Field Trips
Field Trips are listed in NYCAS' newsletter, The Urban Audubon, which is included in the NYCAS membership.

Field trips are open to Audubon members and their guests for $3 (members) and $5 (non-members), unless otherwise specified. Fees are paid to the leader at the start of the trip.

If registration is specified, call the listed registrant no earlier than the specified date. If the registrar is the NYCAS office, call (212) 691-7483 (Mondays through Thursdays). If you reach the answering machine, please include your name, phone number and address.

For pre-paid trips, please send a check (payable to New York City Audubon Society) to the NYCAS office (71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1529, New York, NY 10010).

Nature of NYC Eco-tours!
Sundays in November, 9:30-11 am
At Pier 17 South Street Seaport
Cost: $35 ($30 for NYC Audubon Members)
New York City Audubon presents eco-tours on New York Water Taxis, specializing in the seasonal birds of the Harbor. Join NYC Audubon naturalists for a unique nature experience. Watch fall migrating hawks, eagles and waterfowl while learning about the geology, history, and marine life of the estuary.
Call NY Water Taxi at 212-742-1969 for reservations. Let them know you are a NYC Audubon Member!


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  Monthly Programs
Wednesday, November 10, 2004 at 6pm
Cnidarians: Sea Jellies, Corals, and Other Relatives
What is 94% water, has no brain, and swims with no place to go? If you answer sea jellies, you are right. Sea jellies and their relatives, the anemones and corals, are part of a fascinating group of animals call Cnidarians. Senior Instructor Bob Cummings from the New York Aquarium at Coney Island will explain the wonders of this animal group. Through slides and biofact handling, we will learn why these creatures are so important to our oceans.
Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Robert Sullivan, author of The Meadowlands: Wilderness Adventures at the Edge of a City , will give a talk and slide show about his new book, Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants . As Robert Lehrman writes in last month's Urban Audubon, �Robert Sullivan's stories tell us of the impact of the rats on labor movement, on city politics, on the origin of the ASPCA, on the lives of people who live in their proximity�It is a fascinating and informative account of the almost invisible horde that shares our city�� Don't miss this distinguished author who writes for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, to name a few publications, and don't miss the opportunity to learn about another facet of wildlife in our city.

Wednesday, March 9, 2005
The Big Year
Mark Obmascik
Wednesday, June 8, 2005
Annual Meeting/TBA
Join us at each of these especially interesting events and bring your friends. Monthly Programs are held at 6 pm at the Lighthouse Auditorium, 111 East 59th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenues, near the subway station at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue. All programs are open to the public free of charge.

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  Trips by Don Riepe

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Slide Show & Hike

Sunday, November 14
A waterfowl slide show and hike with leader Don Riepe around West Pond. Meet at the JBWR Visitor Center at 11am.
Contact Don Riepe to reserve (718) 318-9344 /

Florida and the Everglades

January 29 - February 6, 2005
Get away from the cold and take a 9-day tour of the best birding & wildlife areas of southern Florida. See gators (lots of 'em), American crocodile ( a few), burrowing owls, purple gallinule, painted bunting, limpkin, reddish egret, white pelican, red-shouldered hawk - all up close and personal. Visit Flamingo, Shark River, Loxahatchee refuge, Fort Myers, Ding-darling Refuge, Corkscrew Swamp, plus many state & local parks. Cost: $1,595 includes airfare, hotels, van rental, guides, park fees, welcome barbecue, lunches (on road) and sunset boat cruise of everglades. Call (718) 318-9344 for info. See website for Florida trip photos (photo gallery):

To reserve: Send deposit of $100/person to: NYC Audubon, 71 West 23 Street, (# 1529), N.Y., N.Y. 10010.
Leaders: Carol Borneman & Don Riepe.
Contact Don for more info: (718) 318-9344/
This is a cooperative trip between NYC Audubon and the American Littoral Society.

Birding Classes

Fall sessions have finished, look for information on Beginning Birding Classes in Spring 2005.

Nature Photography Class 
This class for beginner to intermediate photographers will be given on Thursdays starting February 24th. There will be 10 lectures and 2 or 3 day trips on weekends. The class will cover the use of 35mm film and digital SLR cameras, landscapes, close-ups, and wildlife. The fee is $350. Contact Steve Feingold at

Related Links

Central Park: Official Website
Photography Comm. Meetings
Enjoy Your First Birding Trip
Principles of Birding Ethics

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