Monday, February 15, 2010

Upcoming Trips

Below is a list of upcoming, local trips for the weekend of February 20-21, 2010:

Audubon Center in Prospect Park
Saturday, February 20

Introduction to Birdwatching
Every Saturday, 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Explore the Park's natural areas and learn how to look for amazing birds.

Discover Tours
Every Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m.
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.

Sunday, February 21

Discover Tours
Every Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m.
Discover the Prospect Park you never knew! Meet birds and other wildlife on this walk, guided by a naturalist.


Brooklyn Bird Club
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Prospect Park
Meet 9:00 am at Grand Army Plaza park entrance (Stranahan Statue)
Leader: Gabriel Willow


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Saturday, February 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Forest Restoration Workshop at LaTourette Bike Path, North
Meet in the parking lot of the Greenbelt Nature Center at the junction of Rockland Avenue and Manor Road. We will walk to the bike path entrance at the junction of Rockland Avenue and Forest Hill Road where we will spend two hours removing invasive plants. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 164th consecutive monthly workshop), we will take a short walk over nearby trails.
For more information call Don Recklies at (718)768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718)667-1393.

Saturday, February 20, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Clay Pit Ponds State Park/Preserve: Trees and Wildlife in a mini Pine Barren
Find out why Protectors urged the preservation of this parkland and how we got our name in 1975. It has two rare pine species, two rare southern oak species, fence swift lizards, and a few rather unusual wildflowers, nothing like our Greenbelt forest. It’s one of the few parks on S.I. that have American Chestnut trees, one healthy, tall and 8-10 inches in diameter and just recently found, a second, though younger, large tree. The third is a spindly, sick, multi-trunk and diseased tree with the chestnut blight but it always seems to flower and set fruit. This is the only park known to have many deer with footprints galore and nibbled native wildflowers and shrubs. Wear waterproof shoes. We have a permit to enter the restricted natural area on the other side of Clay Pit Road. Meet at the park office at the end of Carlin Avenue, off Sharrott’s Road in Rossville.
Contact Sandra Mechanic at (718) 967-1037.

Sunday, February 21, 12 noon to 2 p.m.
High Rock Park
Take a walk around Loosestrife Swamp and the nearby uplands. Search for remnants of plants and their fruits. Look at the leaf scars and bark of the trees for identification. Bring water and dress for the weather.
For more information call Cathy at 1-917-596-4198.


Urban Park Rangers
Saturday, February 20, 2010

Early Morning Birding
8:00 a.m.
Join the Rangers for an early morining birding.
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Eagle Watch
8:00 a.m.
Join us on a walk to the Hudson River as we look for bald eagles, which visit the city this…
Location: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan
Cost: Free

Winter Weeds
11:00 a.m.
Join us for an exploration of the shapes and textures of wildflowers in the winter.
Location: Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

The Giving Trees
1:00 p.m.
You will be suprised by how many different species of trees are located within the…
Location: Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Making Tracks
1:00 p.m.
Learn how to identify and locate animal tracks found in and around woodland areas. You will…
Location: Fort Totten Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Dabbling Ducks
2:00 p.m.
Do you know the difference between those dynamic ducks and other feathered friends? Come…
Location: Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Early Birding
8:30 a.m.
The early bird gets the worm! Be sure to set your alarm clock and join us for this morning…
Location: Forest Park, Queens
Cost: Free

Wacky Winter Waterfowl
10:00 a.m.
Join us the third Sunday of every month. Bring your own binoculars if you have them.
Location: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx
Cost: Free

Who, Who, Who Did I Eat?
1:00 p.m.
Find out what owls love to eat by dissecting owl pellets at the Salt Marsh Nature Center.
Location: Marine Park, Brooklyn
Cost: Free

Woodpecker Walk
2:00 p.m.
With its reinforced skull and a chiseled bill the woodpecker is a true New Yorker. Join us…
Location: Wolfes Pond Park, Staten Island
Cost: Free

Astronomy Club
6:00 p.m.
Gaze at the heavens through our high-powered telescope, as we identify constellations,…
Location: Blue Heron Park Preserve, Staten Island
Cost: Free

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