Monday, December 21, 2009

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming local trips for the weekend of December 26th - 27th, 2009:

Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, December 27th, 2009
Celebrate the BBC Centennial in Prospect Park series
Meet 9:00 am at Grand Army Plaza park entrance (Stranahan Statue)
Note: this is the last field trip of 2009, a conclusion to a magnificent and historic 100th year for the Club. Come and join, be part of history and cheer on the second century of Brooklyn birding!
Leader: Peter Dorosh


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Sunday December 27, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve: Pine Barren Trees and Wildlife
Find out why Protectors urged the preservation of this parkland and how we got our name in 1975. It has rare Southern pine and oak trees, nothing like our Greenbelt forest. With a park permit, Sandra will lead us into the restricted area where few have trod. We will check in the sand, snow or mud for deer prints throughout the park. We’ll find the diseased clones of the American Chestnut that has produced flowers and fruit the past few years and the healthy 7 to 8 inch diameter chestnut tree, now 20+ feet tall and 9 to 10 inches in diameter and still disease free. The normal trunk-splitting at the base is not indicative of chestnut blight unless a fungus growth is observed. Meet at the old park office building at the end of Carlin Avenue, off Sharrotts Road in Rossville. Wear waterproof shoes.
Call Sandra Mechanic at 718-967-1037


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, December 26, 2009

Crazy Composters
10:00 a.m.
No, you can't compost your unwanted gifts. But you can learn how to make your own…
Location: Blue Heron Park Preserve, Staten Island
Cost: Free

How Animals Survive Winter
11:00 a.m.
Learn how animals cope during the winter and create your own craft. Ages 12 and under.
Location: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Duck, Duck, Goose
11:00 a.m.
As the weather gets cold, the birding gets hot. We will look for ducks and geese that…
Location: Baisley Pond Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Whimsical Walk
1:00 p.m.
Penguins, Balto, Mother Goose, and Chesire Cat. Enjoy a guided walk to some of the…
Location: Central Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Owl Prowl
11:00 a.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
11:00 a.m.
Winter birds are flying in to take temporary residence in Little Neck Bay. We will…
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

10,000 B.C.E.: The Remnants of the Wisconsin Glacier
11:00 a.m.
It might be cold and snowy at this time of year, but at least you're not under a two-mile…
Location: High Rock Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

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