Nature Walks to Pond and Park
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Saturday, July 26, 9:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
10-Mile Greenbelt Circular Hike—Join us for a pleasant tour of the woods, ponds and lakes of the Greenbelt. We will walk 10 moderate miles. Meet at Willowbrook Park at the Victory Boulevard entrance parking lot near the ballfields; the s62 Victory Boulevard bus stops here. Bring lunch and beverage and sturdy walking shoes. We go in all weather, but walk is shortened if high pollution levels occur. For more information call Dominick Durso at 917-478-7607, Charles Perry at 718-667-1393 or Don Recklies at 718-768-9036.
Sunday, July 27, 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
North Mt Loretto State Forest—We will observe swamps, ponds and a maturing forest ecosystem as we search for evidence of animal life, the geologic history and human influence of this diverse area on the south shore. Meet at the parking lot for North Mt. Loretto on Amboy Road in Richmond Valley. Call Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327 for more information.
Saturday, August 2, 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Long Pond Park—During the summertime, Long Pond Park is a likely place to observe a variety of animals from turtles and snakes to deer and chipmunks. 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 northwest of Hylan Boulevard. For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.
Sunday, August 3, 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Wolfe’s Pond Park’s Ancient Trees—Walk the cool woods of this park made famous for its ancient trees, notably Tulip and Oak. We will also explore placid Acme pond. The entrance to the park is from Cornelia Avenue off Hylan Boulevard. Park closest to the restrooms, where we will meet. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, August 10. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at email@example.com or call 718-477-0545.
Sunday, August 3rd, 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
High Rock Park—Participants will experience the legacy of biodiversity left behind by the Wisconsin Glacier over 12,000 years ago. The topography of the area sheds light on the geological history of the area. Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock Park. For more information e-mail Will Lenihan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-645-0220.
Saturday, August 9, 8 A.M. to 10 A.M.
Wolfes Pond Park—Join birder, Anthony Ciancimino, to search for migrating shorebirds foraging in the shallows of Wolfe’s Pond at low-tide. Shorebirds are long-distance migrants that leave for their wintering grounds fairly early in the fall season. Wolfe’s Pond Park is a great spot for these birds. The park hosts many sandbars, rocky shorelines, and mudflats, ideal for a variety of species. Shorebirds that could be seen include Ruddy Turnstone, Black-bellied Plover, Sanderling, and Semipalmated Plover, to name a few. Meet at the end of Holten Avenue, near the intersection of Purdy Place. Participants will then walk the short trail to the beach and get a nice view of the pond. E-mail Anthony Ciancimino at email@example.com for more information.
Saturday, August 9, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Forest Restoration Workshop on the Rockland Avenue edge—Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot at High Rock (Note that this is the 2nd Saturday of the Month, not our usual 3rd Saturday meeting). . We will walk the former Yellow Trail spur to Rockland Avenue where we will continue the work we began in March removing invasive vines from shrubs and saplings close to the road. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (and refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 216th 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, August 9, 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Page Avenue Beach at low tide—We’ll begin with a look at the local geology then move to examining the flotsam and jetsam accumulated at the high tide lines to see what nature’s debris has to tell us. As the water recedes with the tide we’ll move into the intertidal zone to find out what sorts of living things survive in this challenging environment. A variety of crabs, snails, clams, worms and small fish are likely to be discovered. It’s going to be muddy so dress appropriately. Meet at the parking lot at the bottom of Page Avenue below Hylan Boulevard. For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.
Sunday, August 10, 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.
Crooke’s Point, Great Kills Park—Join Paul Lederer for a Talk and Walk to Crooke’s Point. The natural history as well as updates on the Crooke’s Point restoration project will be highlighted. Participants will meet at the Beach Center parking lot at the beginning of the unpaved permit road leading to Crooke’s Point. For more information call Paul Lederer at 718-987-1576.
Saturday, August 16, 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.
Mount Loretto Unique Area—With its bluffs nestled 85 feet above sea level, Mt. Loretto is home to beautiful vistas of the shore facing Prince’s Bay. The shoreline is home to some of Staten Island’s most unique natural artwork. Nestled in the meadow’s hills are a variety of plants and wildlife. Mt. Loretto is a habitat for harbor seals, monarch butterflies, wild rabbits, muskrats, ospreys, and on occasion, bald eagles. Meet at the parking lot on Hylan Boulevard across from the CYO. (https://goo.gl/maps/xCxHw). Please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sunday, August 17, 2014 – 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.
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. Recent walks have including sightings of bald eagles and ospreys. 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). Call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at email@example.com for more information.
Sunday, August 24, 10 A.M. to Noon
Crooke’s Point, Great Kills Park—Join naturalist Mike Shanley as he explores Crooke’s Point at Great Kills Park. Crooke’s Point offers many types of habitat including pristine beach, woodlands, and coastal dunes. The point is an important site for many types of birds and butterfly, so bring binoculars! Mike will discuss the history of the Point and how its character has changed drastically over time. Meet near the restroom in the last public parking lot before the Crooke’s Point entrance. For more information phone Mike at 917-753-7155.
Sunday, August 24, 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Studies in the Greenbelt: Summer in the Greenbelt—We will explore the Greenbelt including parts of Pouch Camp to observe all the different plants and animals of a unique woodland and its meadows, streams and ponds. Be sure to bring beverage, binoculars and field guides. Meet at the Greta Moulton Gate at the top of Nevada Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, August 31. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-477-0545.
Sunday, September 7, 10:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Greenbelt Loop and Lunch – We’ll walk 6 moderate miles starting and ending at the Greenbelt Nature Center, with 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. Shorts are not recommended. Meet at 10:30 a.m. sharp at the Greenbelt Nature Center on Rockland Avenue and Brielle Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, September 14. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at email@example.com or call 718-477-0545.
Sunday, September 7, 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Old Mill Road—Meet behind St Andrew’s Church, at the end of Old Mill Road. We will experience ecological succession in action while hiking a landscape once deforested by British troops during the American Revolution. For more information e-mail Will Lenihan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-645-0220.
Saturday, September 13, 8 A.M. TO 10 A.M.
Great Kills Park—Join birder, Anthony Ciancimino, at Great Kills Park and search for migrating waterbirds. Great Kills Park has an expansive shoreline, some of which includes spartina mud flats; ideal for migrating species of shorebirds. In addition to shorebirds, other possible species include Common, Forster’s, and Royal Tern, various species of gulls, and sparrows and warblers in the nearby dunes. Meet in the parking lot at the corner of Buffalo Street from Hylan Boulevard. E-mail Anthony Ciancimino at email@example.com for more information.
Sunday, September 14, 10 A.M. to Noon
Monarch Watch—Join naturalist Mike Shanley as he explores Mt. Loretto Unique Area to assess the migration of monarch butterflies. Recent studies indicate that the future of monarch butterflies is not bright, as their numbers are dropping at an alarming rate across Mexico, California and other areas of the United States. Many theories are being proposed for this decline including habitat loss at their wintering grounds in Mexico, decline in their host plant (milkweed) and genetically modified farming. We will explore the fields of Mt. Loretto and conduct an informal survey of the monarchs we encounter. Please bring binoculars. Meet at the main Mt. Loretto parking lot on Hylan Boulevard across from the CYO. For more information call Mike at 917-753-7155.
Sunday, September 14, 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Conference House Park—Past and present blend at Conference House Park, where history stretches back thousands of years with the seasonal occupation of the Lenape and hundreds of years with the habitation of the Dutch and English. In addition to the local history, we’ll observe the geology of the area and look for what the debris at the high tide line has to reveal. Meet in the parking lot at the end of Hylan Boulevard on the left. For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.
Saturday, September 20, 8 A.M. to 10 A.M.
Cemetery of the Resurrection on Sharrott Avenue—Join birder, Anthony Ciancimino, for a birding experience at the Cemetery of the Resurrection and adjacent DEC properties. This location is a fantastic spot for birding on Staten Island, especially in the fall. Many different types of warblers, vireos, and sparrows can be seen. Meet at the first entrance beside the cemetery’s restrooms closest to Hylan Boulevard.
Saturday, September 20, 9 A.M. to Noon
Staten Island Beach Cleanup at Sharrott and Mt. Loretto Beaches—Meet in the NYC fishing pier parking lot opposite the intersection of Hylan Boulevard and Sharrott Avenue to take part in the International Coastal Cleanup. We will collect, separate, and record trash from the beach (and enjoy the view on the Raritan Bay!). Data from this clean-up will be used to monitor the cleanliness of the beaches and the health of our shoreline waters. Protectors will provide gloves, bags and refreshments. This will be the 217th Restoration and the 10th consecutive year that we have participated in removing hundreds of pounds of trash from our beach! For more information call Don Recklies at 718-768-9036 or Chuck Perry at 718-667-1393.
Saturday, September 20, 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve – Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve is where Protectors of Pine Oak Woods was formed nearly 40 years ago. Come stroll the trails and enjoy a combination of ecosystems, such as sand barrens, wetlands, and ponds, and a beautiful park to explore in any season. Meet at the Clay pit Ponds Park Preserve parking lot at 83 Nielsen Avenue. (http://goo.gl/maps/N5bcq). Please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sunday, September 21, 11 A.M. to 1 P.M.
Willowbrook Park Field Study – This Protectors walk provides an opportunity to study nature closely in the field. Our route takes the small loop of the white trail from the Carousel to the Archery Range and then to the Chimney Ruin. One goal of the walk is to count how many Tulip Trees you can spot. Bring flower and tree guides, loops or magnifying lenses, and lots and lots of questions. Share your knowledge of plant, fern and tree species with us. Meet at the Carousel; enter at Eton Place off Richmond Avenue. If it’s raining at the time of the walk, the event is postponed to Sunday, September 28. For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at email@example.com or call 718-477-0545.
Sunday, September 21, 2 P.M. to 4 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 Ave, located by the intersection of Rockland Ave and Meisner Avenue. (http://goo.gl/maps/YP1HI). Call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Saturday, September 27, 1 P.M. to 3 P.M.
Reed’s Basket Willow Park—Discover this hidden natural park in Dongan Hills. We’ll visit the three bodies of water in the park and stroll through the woodlands. Although none of Reed’s basket willow still grow near the swamp from which the park gets its name, the woodlands and stream is still home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Meet at the park enterance atop Spring Street in Dongan Hills. For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.
Saturday October 4, 8 A.M. to 10 A.M.
Mount Loretto Unique Area—Join birder, Anthony Ciancimino, for birding at Mount Loretto Unique Area. This spot is ideal for migrating sparrows, which will be the focus for this walk. Possibilities include white-crowned, lincoln’s, swamp, field, and chipping sparrows. Meet at the parking lot along Hylan Boulevard, opposite the CYO center. E-mail Anthony Ciancimino at email@example.com for more information.
Saturday, October 4, 1 P.M. to 3 PM
Old Mill Road—Park at the end of Old Mill Road, behind St. Andrew’s Church. 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. For more information phone Clay Wollney at 718-869-6327.
Sunday, October 5, 3 P.M. to 5 P.M.
Wolfe’s Pond and Lemon Creek—Join Mike Shanley and survey Wolfe’s Pond and the surrounding areas at low tide. The pond is currently in a state of transition after recent storms have affected the berm, drastically altering the character of the pond and surrounding areas. We will discuss the history of the area, how the character of the pond has changed over time, and proposed remediation plans. We will also be keeping an eye out for seasonal birds such as Black and Royal Tern. Meet at the corner of Holton Avenue and Purdy Place. For more information call Mike Shanley at 917-753-7155.
Saturday, October 11, 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, take in the fall foliage, and keep our eyes looking for migrating bird species. Long Pond 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 City, 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. Please call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sunday, October, 12, 8 A.M. to 10 A.M.
Hawk Watch at the Cemetery of the Resurrection on Sharrott Avenue—Join birder, Anthony Ciancimino, for a hawk watch at the Cemetery of the Resurrection. After we check the three ponds in the cemetery for any waterfowl that has arrived, participants will enjoy a stationary hawk watch from the overlook. The overlook is a large mound that provides a nice, clear look of surrounding areas. Bald Eagles, Osprey, Black and Turkey Vultures, and Cooper’s, Sharp-shinned, and Red tailed Hawks are all likely to be seen. Meet at the first entrance to the cemetery beside the restrooms, closest to Hylan Boulevard.
Sunday, October 12, 2 P.M. to 4 P.M.
Acme Pond – Acme Pond is a diverse ecosystem, located northwest of Hylan Boulevard across from 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 a large freshwater pond and its inhabitants. We will meet at the corner of Seguine Avenue and Herbert Street. Street parking is available on Herbert Street. (http://goo.gl/maps/59dvC). Call John Paul Learn at 718-619-5051 or e-mail at email@example.com for more information.
Saturday, October 18, 10 A.M. to 2 P.M.
Walker Pond Clean up—To celebrate It’s My Parks Day, Protectors’ 218th Forest Restoration Workshop will be a cleanup at Walker Pond. Meet in the parking lot on Summit Avenue adjacent to the pond. We will remove submerged bottles and cans and generally police the area. Protectors will provide gloves, rakes, bags and refreshments thanks to a Green Challenge grant provided by the Richmond County Savings Foundation. Our thanks to them for making this clean-up possible. This will be a long, work-session, but join us for what time you can contribute. If you have waterproof gloves and boots, bring them. In case of rain this event will be postponed until the 25th. 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.