Monday, July 20, 2009

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming trips and events by local organizations for the weekend of July 25th - 26th, 2009:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, July 26th
Celebrate the BBC Centennial in Prospect Park series
Meet 8 am at Grand Army Plaza's park entrance.
Leader: Peter Dorosh
Focus: Celebrating the Brooklyn Bird Club's founding in Prospect Park, commemorating the initial 1908 meeting of Edward Fleisher, eventual first President; and inspirational founder Edward Vietor "in a meadow" near the Vale of Cashmere. Each month, a morning walk will venerate the early life of the club, its first's birders, and its 1909 charter. These walks will honor all the club members and guests birding in Prospect Park since the first years and throughout our history.


New York City Audubon Society
Saturday, July 25, 6:30am - 12:30pm
Rain Date: Sunday, August 2, 6:30am - 12:30pm
NYC Audubon Camera Club
Nesting Shorebirds of Nickerson Beach, Long Island, NY
Instructors: Lloyd Spitalnik and Cal Vornberger
Learn about how to correctly approach and photograph nesting shorebirds on their breeding grounds. Look for American Oystercatcher, Black Skimmer, Common and Least Tern, Sanderling You will be crawling around in the sand so dress appropriately. Equipment: SLR and long lens. Limited to 16.
$140 ($126 for NYC Audubon members at the Senior/Student level and up)

Jamaica Bay Summer Nature Walk
Sunday, July 26, 10am-1pm
Guide: Don Riepe With American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area
Meet 10am at the refuge for a walk around the ponds to look for shorebirds, dragonflies, butterflies & wildflowers. Learn about the history & ecology of this 9,000 acre preserve. Limited to 20.
Free.
To reserve, call (718) 318-9344.


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Sunday, July 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Old Mill Road and Latourette Woods
Park at the end of Old Mill Road, alongside the old St. Andrews Church (at the foot of Snake Hill). Do not park in the church's main parking lot. Bring a cold beverage.
We'll stroll along Old Mill Road, a newly designed pleasant multi-use trail, next to Fresh Kills, below the hills of Latourette Golf Course, and turn right at the end toward Richmond Hill Road. Clay Wollney will show you the flow of the famous Hessian Spring as it crosses the road. We may return by the Blue Trail for a lovely change of scenery. This area has not been accessible for many years and is now open to the public. We are surrounded by beautiful old woodlands where the very tall, state rare, Gamma Grass, Yellow Giant Hyssop (a mint) and American Strawberry Bush grow. Keep your eyes up to catch hawks and Turkey Vultures soaring above.
For more information phone Dick Buegler 718-761-7496 or Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Sunday, July 26, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Three mile walk from Egbertville Ravine, Amundsen Trailway to Great Kills Park Wildflower Garden
Park and meet Sandra Mechanic at the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Meisner Avenue.
Protectors provided and planted the wildflowers in Great Kills Park the last two years.
Wear sturdy shoes, bring lunch and beverages.
For more information, phone Dick at 718-761-7496.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, July 25, 2009

Early Morning Birding
8:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for this weekly Ranger-led birding walk of the Salt Marsh…
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Cycle the Greenbelt
10:00 a.m.
Take a tour of this new bike path and learn a little about the natural and historical…
Location: La Tourette Park & Golf Course, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Crotona Clean-up
11:00 a.m.
Get involved and help clean up the newly restored area surrounding Indian Lake.
Location: Crotona Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Seashore Safari
11:00 a.m.
Come explore the “wild” side of Orchard Beach. Join the Urban Park Ranger as we…
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Basic Canoeing
11:00 a.m.
This quiet lake is a perfect place to learn to canoe. Join us and learn the basic of…
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Fresh Water Fishing
11:00 a.m.
Learn fresh water ecology while practicing “catch and release” fishing. Come…
Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Nature Scavenger Hunt
11:00 a.m.
Join Rangers on a hunt to uncover Mother Nature’s hidden treasures.
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Duck, Duck...Goose!
Bring your young one to Prospect Park for their first birding outing on this bird tour…
Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Fishing at the Lake
This lake is home to many types of fresh water fish. Perch, bass and catfish are just some…
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Hudson River Fishing
Discover the joys of fishing, as we connect to the life living within the Hudson River.…
Location: Riverside Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Orienteering
1:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of map reading, compass skills, and exploration.
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Seashore Safari
2:00 p.m.
Come explore the “wild” side of Orchard Beach. Join the Urban Park Ranger as we…
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free


Saturday, July 25, 2009

Basic Canoeing
2:00 p.m.
This quiet lake is a perfect place to learn to canoe. Join us and learn the basic of…
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Family Camping
5:00 p.m.
A night of camping under the stars in Manhattan’s last natural forest! This will be…
Location: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Creatures of the Night
7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a night hike as we go in search of bats, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, and night herons.
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Saltwater Fishing
Come fish with the Rangers at this beautiful park with scenic views of the East River and…
Location: Barretto Point Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Living Log
11:00 a.m.
Ever wonder why we leave fallen logs on the forest floor? We’ll turn over a few and…
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Canoeing the Creek
11:00 a.m.
Enjoy a day on Gerritsen Creek as we canoe its sheltered waters in search of shorebirds,…
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Canoeing Basics
Enjoy some quality time on Willowbrook Lake. We’ll teach you the basics of canoeing…
Location: Willowbrook Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Canoeing the Creek
12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a day on Gerritsen Creek as we canoe its sheltered waters in search of shorebirds,…
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Saltwater Fishing
1:00 p.m.
Come fish with the Rangers at this beautiful park with scenic views of the East River and…
Location: Barretto Point Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Who, Who, Who…Did I Eat?
1:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers for a hands-on ecology lesson as we dissect owl pellets.
Location: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Bugs Away!
1:00 p.m.
Enjoy observing the graceful moves of aquatic bugs dancing on the Meer, followed by a walk…
Location: Central Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Living Log
2:00 p.m.
Ever wonder why we leave fallen logs on the forest floor? We’ll turn over a few and…
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Canoeing the Creek
2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a day on Gerritsen Creek as we canoe its sheltered waters in search of shorebirds,…
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Astronomy
7:30 p.m.
Gaze at the heavens through our telescope, as we identify constellations, stars, and the…
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

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