Monday, January 25, 2010

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming local trips for the weekend of January 30th - 31st, 2010:

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday January 30, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
Long Pond Park
We will look for evidence of animal life, especially deer, raccoons and other mammals in the winter woodlands surrounding Long Pond. We’ll also look for the bird life, examine the geology of the area and observe 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.

Saturday, January 30, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Full Moon after Yule: Sunset-Moon Rise Walk at Mt. Moses
Sunset is at 5:12 p.m. and moon rise is at 6:04 p.m. However, it takes the moon another 20 minutes to rise above the hills of High Rock. Meet at intersection of Rockland and Meisner Avenues. Flashlight is required for each person in your group. You may bring a light refreshment to share with others. The walk is barely twenty minutes each way. As we walk past the Rockland Avenue intersection, you will see hundreds of trees and shrubs. NYCDEP planted them to landscape the newly designed dam flood control system. Wear waterproof shoes, the trail gets muddy. Children have always enjoyed this brief walk for an astronomy event and the sharing of some refreshments at the top. The walk leader is Sandra Mechanic.
For more information contact Sandra at 718-967-1037.

Sunday, January 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Owl Prowl at Kingfisher Pond Park
Meet Cliff Hagen at the corner of Fieldway and Katan Avenues for a tour of Kingfisher Pond Park at night. Follow Cliff Hagen along the trails, beside the pond, where he stops momentarily to produce repeatedly, the call of an Eastern Screech Owl, a tremulous whinny in high pitch. Repeated calls often result in distant responses. That responder may then fly to a branch overhead and continue responding to Cliff’s mimic call.
For directions or more information call Cliff at (718)313-8591.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, January 30, 2010

Early Morning Birding
8:00 a.m.
Learn everything you need to know about birds with the Rangers.
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Marine Mammal Watch
11:00 a.m.
The beach may be empty of all its human swimmers, but don't forget about the seals, whales,…
Location: Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

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

Dabbling Ducks
11:00 a.m.
Do you know the difference between those dynamic ducks and other feathered friends? …
Location: Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Secrets of Snowflakes
1:00 p.m.
What makes snowflakes so special? Bring your family and find out at this event, which…
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Winter Owl Prowl
2:00 p.m.
Join us as we introduce you to our resident Great Horned owls who nests in the dark woods…
Location: Alley Pond Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Winter Survival
11:00 a.m.
If you were lost in a winter wilderness, how would you survive? Join is for tips and…
Location: Crotona Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Birds of "Paradise"
11:00 a.m.
Join us for a walk through this diverse habitat to see winter waterfowl, shorebirds, and…
Location: Powell's Cove Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Winter Survival
11:00 a.m.
Join us for our classic survival workshop. Navigation, fire starting, gear, and more will…
Location: Blue Heron Park Preserve, Staten Island
Cost: Free

The Four Elements of Survival: Part III
1:00 p.m.
In this four-part series, you will learn about four basic elements of wilderness…
Location: Forest Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Winter Tree ID
2:00 p.m.
How do you identify a tree when there are no leaves flowers, or fruit? Come with us and…
Location: Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Owl Watch
5:00 p.m.
It's a great time of year to observe and enjoy raptors in NYC.
Location: Central Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

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