Monday, August 03, 2009

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming trips for the weekend of August 8th - 9th, 2009:

New York City Audubon Society
Sunday, August 9, 8am-5pm
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge - Shorebird Festival
With American Littoral Society and Gateway National Recreation Area
An all-day event during peak fall shorebird migration in Jamaica Bay. Learn about shorebird behavior, biology, identification and migration. Schedule includes walks around the East & West Ponds and presentations by Don Riepe, Lloyd Spitalnik and Kevin Karlson. Limited to 75.
Suggested donation $10.
For information and reservations call (718) 318-9344


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, August 8, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Forest Exotic Plant Study, Blue Heron Park
Join Dick Buegler and Don Recklies in a study to evaluate the native plant species in the park and compare to what early studies indicated were present. The extent of exotic plants in the natural areas will be assessed. A list of such species will be produced.
Meet in the parking lot of Blue Heron Park on Poillon Ave. between Hylan Blvd. and Amboy Road.
For more information, phone Dick Buegler at 718-761-7496.

Saturday, August 8, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Page Avenue Beach and Woods
Depending on the weather, we may walk the beachfront and/or through the woodlands. In addition to examining evidence of the recent and long term history of the area, we’ll study the geology of the beach as well as the flotsam and jetsam accumulated at the high tide lines to see what nature's debris has to tell us. Pick up seashells and beach pebbles. It may be muddy so dress appropriately.
Meet at the parking lot at the end of Page Avenue on the left.
For more information phone Dick Buegler 718-761-7496 or Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Sunday, August 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Butterflies at Blue Heron Park
Staten Island is home to a gorgeous collection of butterflies. The variety of sizes and shapes, colors and styles is no better evidenced than at Blue Heron Park. Enjoy time with Cliff Hagen as he shares tips for identifying Staten Island's most brilliant insects.
Meet in the parking lot of Blue Heron Park on Poillon Ave. between Hylan Blvd. and Amboy Road. Bring binoculars if you have them.
For more information phone Dick Buegler at 718-761-7496 or Cliff at 718-313-8591.


Queens County Bird Club
Sunday, August 9
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Meet 8:00am in the parking lot at the Visitors' Center.
Trip leader: George Dadone, 917-748-5716.
Wear Boots! Also recommended: water, insect repellant, HAT. If you have a scope, bring it. If you don't, we share.
August 9th is also the date of the Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival. If you would like to partake of the festivities after our walk, you might want to bring a picnic lunch.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, August 8, 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

Gone Fishing!
10:00 a.m.
Practice fishing basics, and learn about the fish you’re catching. Bait provided....
Location: Valentino Pier, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Compost Happens!
10:00 a.m.
Visit our compost station and learn about the interesting process of decomposition. Bring a...
Location: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Into the Depths
11:00 a.m.
Discover which animals call Orchard Beach home. Pull on some waders and use seining nets to...
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Wildflower Hike
11:00 a.m.
Once a month, from spring through fall, join us and learn to ID the beautiful flowers that...
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Nature Scavenger Hunt
11:00 a.m.
Assemble your team and challenge yourself to find nature’s treasures. How many can you find?
Location: Crotona Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Salt Water Fishing
11:00 a.m.
Rather than catch a big fish in a small pond, why not try to catch a big fish in Flushing...
Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Nature Crafts
11:00 a.m.
Explore our natural environment and spark your artistic fire.
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Native Americans of Manhattan
12:00 p.m.
Inwood has a vibrant history of Native American culture. The Rangers will lead a lecture...
Location: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Hudson River Fishing
1:00 p.m.
Discover the joys of fishing, as we connect to the life living within the Hudson River....
Location: Riverside Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Into the Depths
2:00 p.m.
Discover which animals call Orchard Beach home. Pull on some waders and use seining nets to...
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Nature Scavenger Hunt
2:00 p.m.
Assemble your team and challenge yourself to find nature’s treasures. How many can you find?
Location: Crotona Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

One in a Million Tree-mendous Walk
2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a guided tree walk, as we learn to identify different types...
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Explore the Shore
2:00 p.m.
Explore the shore of the coastal bays. Equipment provided, but come ready to get wet.
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Canoeing Indian Lake
11:00 a.m.
This quiet lake is a perfect place to learn the basics of canoeing so you can sign up for...
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

Wildflower Walk
11:00 a.m.
Take a walk on the wild side as we explore all the fantastic flowers in our park.
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Butterfly Safari
11:00 a.m.
Silver Lake Park is known as a destination for migrating Monarch butterflies, but...
Location: Silver Lake Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Fishing at the Lake
12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.
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

Basic Canoeing
12:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of canoeing as you canoe with the Rangers. Bring water and sunscreen...
Location: Kissena Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Explore the Ravine
1:00 p.m.
Take a nature hike and explore the last standing forest in Brooklyn on this guided tour of...
Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Tree Forensics
Get out your magnifying glass and get your detective shoes on. We’re going on a walk...
Location: Central Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Eco Art
1:00 p.m.
Let us show you some creative ways to recycle undesirables into beautiful art!
Location: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Canoeing Indian Lake
2:00 p.m.
This quiet lake is a perfect place to learn the basics of canoeing so you can sign up for...
Location: Crotona Park, Bronx
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

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