Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Upcoming Local Trips

Below is a list of upcoming local field trips for the weekend of June 20-21, 2009:

New York City Audubon Society
Jamaica Bay Sunset Cruise
Saturday, June 20, 5:00-8:00pm
Guides: Don Riepe and Mickey Cohen, In partnership with the American Littoral Society
Enjoy a 3-hour cruise aboard the 100' boat "Golden Sunshine," leaving from Pier 2 in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. Visit the backwater marshes near JFK Airport and learn about the history, ecology, and wildlife of the bay. See nesting peregrine falcon, osprey, egrets, shorebirds, and waterfowl. Includes wine and cheese, fruit, drinks, and snacks.
Price $45
For reservations, call 718-318-9344 or email driepe@nyc.rr.com

Rowing, Conservation, and Mill Rock Island
Saturday, June 20, 11-5pm
Guides: Gabriel Willow and Mary Nell Hawk In partnership with East River CREW
Meet at the East River esplanade at E96th St. Using eco-friendly human power, enjoy a rowng tour where you see birds at the water's level. View the gulls and cormorants on Mill Rock Island, and then cross to explore the Queens shoreline, near Socrates Sculpture Park, where herons are reported, and smaller birds visible from the water among a growth of restored indigenous grasses on the riverbank. Lunch will be provided ashore at nearby Hallet's Cove. A willingness to learn how to row in a fixed seat gig and moderate physical dexterity are required. It is easy to learn with our experienced coxswain. Bring water, hats, and binoculars. Limited to 11.
Price $118 ($106.20 for NYC Audubon members at the Senior/Student level and up)


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dragonflies and Damselflies, Meisner Pond/Buttonbush Swamp Walk
Join Sandra Mechanic, naturalist and photographer, for a guided tour around Meisner Pond and Buttonbush Swamp in search of a variety of dragonflies and damselflies.
Bring binoculars, guides and cameras. We will find that the Common Whitetail Dragonfly is an aggressive flier. The adults are attracted to the brown color of the mud.
Meet at the intersection of Rockland Avenue with Meisner Avenue.
For more information phone Dick Buegler at 718-761-7496

Sunday, June 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Blue Trail to Latourette Woods
Join naturalist Sandra Mechanic on a stroll through the Latourette woods. Admire the Frank Lloyd Wright house along the way and see an American Larch or Tamarack, a rare conifer that sheds its needles annually. Look for the DEP label on the street corner grating saying "no dumping, leads to Blue Belt". The trail passes through a large forest of mixed age Tuliptrees as it winds down to Meisner Pond.
Park near the end of Old Mill Road, near St Andrews Church, off Arthur Kill Road.
For more information, Phone Dick Buegler at 718-761-7496


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, Jun 20, 2009
Early Morning Birding
8:00 a.m.
MARINE PARK

Birding in Crotona
10:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

The Birds and the Bees
10:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Canoe the Lullwater
11:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Bug and Insect Hunt
11:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Prospect Park Waterfall Hike
12:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Canoe the Lullwater
12:30 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Into the Depths: Part II
1:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Children’s Hour
1:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Canoe the Lullwater
2:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Seashore Safari
3:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Family Camping
7:00 p.m.
Category: Education, Nature

Sunday, Jun 21, 2009
Wilderness Survival Skills
11:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Bug and Insect Hunt
11:00 a.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Father’s Day Canoeing
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Father’s Day Fishing
12:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Father’s Day Fishing
1:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

The Reel Deal
2:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

Astronomy 101
2:00 p.m.
Multiple Parks Locations

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