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Monday, November 30, 2009

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming local trips for the weekend of December 5th - December 6th, 2009:

American Littoral Society
December 6th, 2009 10am - 1pm
Winter Waterfowl Workshop
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Refuge Visitor Center for indoor/outdoor program on the many species of ducks and geese that overwinter there.
Call the refuge to reserve at (718) 318-4340.
Leaders: Andrew Baksh, Don Riepe (

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday December 5, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
The Birds of Mount Loretto
Meet Howie Fischer in the parking lot opposite the Mt Loretto CYO building and walk the fields to find winter species that may have arrived. Some of these sparrows, juncos and waterfowl will move on, and some will most likely spend the winter. Hopefully, we will find a variety of ducks in the ponds and in the bay. Geese, loons, gulls and grebes should be there. Binoculars are necessary as well as comfortable walking shoes. Hawks may also surprise us if they are around. Last winter there was an absence of raptors due a low rodent population, so this year may be better.
Call Howie at 718-981-4002 for more information.

Saturday, December 5, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Long Pond Park, our newest undeveloped park
We will look for evidence of animal life, especially deer, raccoons and other mammals as the winter approaches in the woodlands surrounding Long Pond. We’ll also examine the bird life, geology and evidence of past human use of the area during this unhurried stroll through about one and a half miles of the park. Meet at PS 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue about 3 blocks NW of Hylan Blvd.
For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

Sunday, December 6, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Owl Prowl, Long Pond Park
Meet owl specialist Cliff Hagen at the South-east corner of Amboy Rd and Page Ave. For directions or more information call Cliff at 718-313-8591. Read exciting walk description for the Owl Prowl on October 25.

Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, December 5, 2009

Early Birding
8:00 a.m.
Join us for bird watching.
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Birding Club
9:00 a.m.
It's migration season! As birds begin to fly south for the winter, they often stop to...
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Winter Wilderness Survival
12:00 p.m.
Learn how to keep warm during the winter by building a fire and finding shelter in our...
Location: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Kettle Ponds
1:00 p.m.
Caused by the Wisconsin glacier 50,000 years ago, kettle ponds are common on Staten...
Location: Cozzens Woods/Long Pond Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Winter Survival
11:00 a.m.
Bring your love of nature as the Rangers mesmerize you with the astonishing winter...
Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

"Whooo Said That?
1:00 p.m.
Winter is the best time to see wild owls in New York City. Don't miss this opportunity.
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Winter Waterfowl
1:00 p.m.
Believe it or not, some birds actually consider Brooklyn a warm, southerly climate in...
Location: Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Pinetum Festival
2:00 p.m.
Celebrate the beauty of pine trees at this annual commemoration of the Arthur Ross...
Location: Central Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Nocturnal Hike
6:00 p.m.
Join us as we explore the wonderful world of life after hours. Bats, skunks, and...
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

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