Protectors of Pine Oak Woods What's New? … Events

 


 

Calendar

Free Nature Walks to Pond and Park
for Adults and Children Accompanied by an Adult
With Experienced Naturalists—All on Staten Island!

Bring your 49ers Walk Book!

 

Saturday, November 1, 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Protectors’ Annual Fall 10-Mile Greenbelt Walk – Colors should be at peak with some contrasting greens. Wear comfortable boots and long pants. Ten moderate miles in all weather. Park and meet at the end of Staten Island Boulevard, a block off Ocean Terrace, just above the Petrides Campus. Bring lunch and adequate beverage. For more information, call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036.

 

Saturday, November 1, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Autumn Colors in Long Pond Park – The changing colors of autumn leaves should be close to their best this week. The variety of colorful trees, including Sweet Gum, Maple and Tupelo–the trees around Long Pond and in the surrounding park–should provide a vibrant backdrop for this hike. Besides observing the variety of colors and trees identified with particular hues, we will search for evidence of the local wildlife, migrating birds and Monarch butterflies. Meet by PS 6, on Page Avenue and Academy Avenue about three blocks NW of Hylan Boulevard. For more information, call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Wednesday, November 5, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Protectors Semi-Annual Fall Meeting: Empowering Protectors for the next 40 years – Protectors of Pine Oak Woods is turning 40 in 2015! Come learn what’s in store as we commemorate our collective successful endeavors and look forward to the future with renewed vigor. We want to kick off the year-long celebration with a special workshop that allows you our members and friends to craft practical strategies that will help Protectors further its mission of environmental stewardship, education and advocacy for all Staten Islanders. The workshop is free, but we ask that you bring your enthusiasm and any and all ideas to the table. Think of yourselves as leaders of Protectors. What would you do to empower Protectors for the next 40 years? Join us at the Staten Island Zoo at 614 Broadway. Registration and refreshments starting at 6:30 p.m. Used book sale. Please contact Protectors at 718-751-6629 for more information.

 

Saturday, November 8, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Mount Loretto Unique Area – Protectors is proud of our efforts to have Mt. Loretto preserved. Join birder Anthony Ciancimino for a guided birding tour through this truly “unique” area. The property encompasses a diverse, grassland habitat, woodland, freshwater ponds and a marsh, as well as a nice look at the bay. There should be waterfowl present in the ponds and in the bay, as well as a variety of sparrows in the grassland areas. Meet in the parking lot along Hylan Boulevard, across from the CYO center, near Page Avenue. For more information, call Anthony Ciancimino at 347-401-3619.

 

Saturday, November 8, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Blazing Star Revisited – Meet with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods and Natural Resources Protective Association for a clean up of marsh habitat along the Arthur Kill. We will clean up the marsh for one hour and then drive approximately one mile to another open view of the Arthur Kill. We plan to see Northern Harriers, Turkey Vultures and a variety of other migrating raptors that pass over Staten Island this time of year. Wear sturdy shoes and clothes fit for cleaning. Participants will gather at the corner of Rossville Avenue and Arthur Kill Road. For more information, call James Scarcella at 718-873-4291.

 

Saturday, November 8, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Long Pond Park – We’ll explore Long Pond Park, keeping an eye out for the local White-tailed deer population, bird nests, and wintering bird species. It is an uncommon mixture of woodland and wetland, providing a peaceful home to a diverse range of wildlife. Its beauty is easily appreciated and is one of the most pristine natural areas in all of New York, covering over 100 acres. Meet for the walk at the corner of Eugene Street and Adelphi Avenue, right by the intersection of Page Avenue and Amboy Road – http://goo.gl/maps/UCsFg. Parking is available on Eugene Street. For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, November 9, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Greenbelt Loop and Lunch – We’ll walk 4.3 moderate miles starting and ending at the Greenbelt Nature Center with a stop for lunch at High Rock. This walk includes a gradual climb up Moses’ Mountain. Bring ample water and lunch. Wear a long-sleeved shirt, comfortable pants and a hat. Meet at 10:30 a.m. sharp at the Greenbelt Nature Center on Rockland and Brielle Avenues. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, November 16. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

 

Sunday, November 9, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Arbutus Woods / Huguenot Ponds Walk – Kingdom Pond Park, Arbutus Woods, Bunker Pond and the Huguenot Pond Park are small parks in the lower Huguenot area. Though trailing arbutus is long gone, the area still is home to a number of plant and animal species. Evidence of the work done by the WPA as well as the influence of nature will be observed as we traverse the parks. Meet along Eylandt Street near the intersection with Kingdom Avenue. For more information, call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Saturday, November 15, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Restoration Workshop in the Egbertville Ravine – Meet at the White Trail crossing of Eleanor Street (close to Rockland Ave.) We will follow the White Trail north toward Nevada Avenue and uproot Multiflora Rose and uproot or prune the invasive vines that strangle trees and shade out our native plants. We will concentrate on Oriental Bittersweet vines that have grown into the tops of the trees. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves, loppers and pruners (and refreshments). After a two-hour work session, we will take a short walk over nearby trails. Call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393 for more information.

 

Sunday, November 16, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Wolfe’s Pond Park – Containing mature upland woods, swamp forest, open marsh, ponds, and shoreline on Raritan Bay, Wolfe’s Pond is one of the most diverse parks in the city. Meet at the comfort stations at the end of the parking lot. The entrance to the parking lot is located off of Cornelia Avenue – http://goo.gl/maps/n8XBa. For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail john.paul.learn@gmail.com

 

Sunday, November 16, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Crooke’s Point, Great Kills Park – Join Paul T. Lederer for a “Talk and Walk” at Crooke’s Point. Mr. Lederer has played an active role in working to protect the ecology of Crooke’s Point from National Park Service’s plan to restore Crooke’s Point. The natural history, as well as updates on the Crooke’s Point restoration project, will be highlighted. We will meet at the Beach Center parking lot at the beginning of the dirt road leading to Crooke’s Point. For more information, call Paul Lederer at 718-987-1576.

 

Sunday, November 23, 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Discover Francis Woodlands – Walk 1.3 miles through towering trees and deep hollows. We will also stop at the overlook to take in the 14-mile panoramic view. This is a special place preserved forever. Meet at 12 noon at the end of Morse Avenue at Essex. Morse Avenue is 4 short blocks down Peru Street, which is a right turn off Ocean Avenue, 1 block past Manor Road going towards Richmond Road. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, November 30. For more information, call Hillel Lofaso at 718-477-0545.

 

Sunday, November 23, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Great Kills Seashore – Meet at the first parking lot about ¼ miles from the entrance to Great Kills Park. From the starting point near where the bath house once stood we will explore the shoreline and peat flats to discover which species of intertidal life are active in the fall before it gets really cold. Please dress appropriately for walking in this muddy environment and for the weather. For more information, call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Saturday, December 6, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Acme Pond – Acme Pond is a diverse ecosystem, located on the north side of Hylan Boulevard and Wolfe’s Pond Park. This walk will take us through hiking trails in some of the most idyllic woodlands in all of New York City, leading to a view of the freshwater pond. We will meet at the corner of Seguine Avenue and Herbert Street. Street parking is available on Herbert St. and in parking lots off of Herbert Street. http://goo.gl/maps/59dvC. For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

Sunday, December 7, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Best of the Blue Trail to the Cropsey Overlook – Join Hillel on a late autumn walk to the Cropsey Overlook through the woods of the central Greenbelt. Pass ponds and kettle holes and marvel at how ice formed this landscape ages ago. Meet at the High Rock Park parking lot at the top of Nevada Avenue. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, December 14. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

 

Sunday, December 7, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve – Protectors’ initial project has been feeling pressure by development lately. The approved build-through of Englewood Avenue and the proposed build-through of the West Shore service road have shown that no property is truly protected. Come stroll along the trails of a combination of ecosystems, such as sand barrens, wetlands, and ponds, and a beautiful park to explore in any season. Meet at the parking lot for the park at 83 Nielsen Ave – http://goo.gl/maps/N5bcq. For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, December 13, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Great Kills Park – Join birder Anthony Ciancimino for birding at Great Kills Park. There should be a nice amount of wintering waterfowl and shorebirds on the mudflats and surrounding areas. After checking those areas, we will check the fields by the playgrounds for Horned Lark and Snow Bunting. Meet in the first parking lot, just off of Hylan Boulevard. We will then carpool to the beach front parking lot. For more information, call Anthony Ciancimino at 347-401-3619.

 

Saturday, December 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Restoration Workshop at the Gretta Moulton tract in High Rock – Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock. If you arrive late, walk to the first bend of the entry road and follow the Yellow Trail to the Green Trail. We will be working by Manor Road where we will remove invasive vines from shrubs and saplings. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (and refreshments). After a two-hour work session 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, December 20, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Old Mill Road – We’ll stroll along the multi-use trail next to Fresh Kills, below the hills of LaTourette Golf Course, and return along the Blue Trail. From the remains of colonial structures to the Hessian Spring and the remains of Ketchum’s Mill, we will take a look into the influence of man and nature on the ecosystems bordering the Fresh Kills estuary. Parking is available at the end of Old Mill Road, behind St. Andrew’s Church. For more information, call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Sunday, December 21, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill – Walk a 3.2-mile loop in one of the wild valleys in New York City. Learn about the ecology of serpentine barrens. Meet at Meisner dam at Meisner Avenue and Manor Road. Parking is available along the road to Eger Nursing Home. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, December 28. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

 

Sunday, December 21, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

North Mt. Loretto State Forest – From phragmities marshes to mature forests, we will observe a variety of ecosystems as we search for evidence of animal life from deer and raccoon to rabbits and muskrats. Traces of the geologic history and human influence of this diverse area will also be seen. Meet at the parking lot for North Mt. Loretto on Amboy Road in Richmond Valley. For more information, call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.

 

Thursday, January 1, 2015, 12 noon to 2 p.m.

25th Annual New Year’s Day Beach Walk at Gateway NWR – Join NRPA and PPOW for a healthy start to a fantastic New Year. Participants will gather in the parking lot at Hylan Boulevard and carpool to the last lot before Crooke’s Point. From there, the group will enjoy observing wintering birds and dormant grasses while discussing ideas and concerns for the year ahead. After a half-mile walk to the Point, the group will share treats and tales in celebration of the New Year. The walk then continues to the harbor before returning to the cars. For more information, call Jim Scarcella at 718-873-4291 or Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591.

 

Sunday, January 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Willowbrook Park, Gateway to the Greenbelt – This easy 3.5-mile loop walk takes us to the key features of this popular park: a lake, carousel, ballfields, archery range and a rich deep lowland woodlands and streams. Rain postpones the event to the same time on Sunday, January 11. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

 

Saturday, January 10, 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Protectors’ Annual Winter 10-Mile Greenbelt Walk – Come join others who enjoy a cold day outdoors. Ten moderate miles at a comfortable pace. We meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue. Bring lunch and beverage and sturdy walking shoes. Dress warmly in layers. We go in all weather. Come see what the winter woodland has to offer: winter birds, bare forest trees, frozen ponds, evergreens and possibly some snow cover to detect deer visits, and always beautiful vistas. For more information, call Dominic Durso at 917-478-7607 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036.

 

Saturday, January 10, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve – Interested in writing about Nature? Join Gert Coleman to walk the trails, listen to the birds, and observe the wonders of old clay pits reclaimed by nature. Bring a notebook to record your thoughts. Meet in the visitors parking lot along Veterans Road West. Dress warmly. For more information, call Gert at 718-356-9235 or e-mail gert.coleman@verizon.net.

 

Saturday, January 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill – Located in the Greenbelt, Heyerdahl Hill is nestled in an impressive stretch of woodland, holding ruins of a stone home built in the 1800s and plants and trees rarely seen in urban woodlands. We’ll meet at the stone wall on Meisner Avenue, located by the intersection of Rockland Avenue and Meisner Avenue – http://goo.gl/maps/YP1HI. Parking is available along the road to Eger Nursing Home. For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail john.paul.learn@gmail.com

 

Sunday, January 11, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Long Pond Park – We’ll explore Long Pond Park, keeping an eye out for local White-tailed deer and for some of the recently planted reforestation areas of the park. Long Pond is an uncommon mixture of woodland and wetland, providing a peaceful home to a diverse range of wildlife. It is one of the truly idyllic areas in all of New York, covering over 100 acres. Meet for the walk at the corner of Eugene St. and Adelphi Avenue, right by the intersection of Page Avenue and Amboy Road – http://goo.gl/ maps/UCsFg. Parking is available on Eugene Street. For more information, call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail john.paul.learn@gmail.com.

 

Saturday, January 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forest Restoration Workshop between Moses Mountain and SeaView – Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park. If you arrive late, walk to the first bend of the entry road, follow the Yellow Trail past Moses Mountain. Take the unmarked trail to the right toward SeaView where we will uproot the alien Devil’s Walking Stick and cut Oriental Wisteria vines. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply tools, gloves and refreshments. After a two-hour work session 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.

 

 

Important Disclaimer—While we strive for safety, the activities of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods (“Protectors”) have certain uncontrollable hazards which each participant undertakes and for which each participant is responsible. Neither the leader nor the substitute leader is responsible in any way whatsoever for any of these hazards. All participants assume the responsibility and risks of hiking and participating in Protectors events, and release Protectors, its leaders or substitute leaders, from any liability whatsoever for any loss, damage to personal property, or injury, however caused, of any kind, nature, and description.

 


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