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Neighborhood Nature Series – Annandale – October 1, 2018 – 4 PM – 6 PM

There is nature in every neighborhood on Staten Island and Protectors president, Cliff Hagen, is excited to visit different locations across the island to explore and enjoy the nature at our doorsteps. Participants will meet in the center of town, Annadale Green, at the intersection of Annadale Road and Jefferson Boulevard and North Railroad Street. We will walk the local streets and watch for the readying activity of squirrels and blue jays, search for late migrating birds, butterflies and dragonflies and try to identify aged trees based on bark, colorful foliage and leaf litter. For more information call Cliff Hagen at 718-313-8591 or email him at

Viburnum Planting at Blue Heron Park – September 30 – 10 AM-2 PM

Saturday, September 30, 2017 – 10 AM – 2 PM

Participants will meet at the nature Center in Blue Heron Park (222 Poillon Avenue). This is a special planting workshop; we are going to plant 50 Arrowwood Viburnums in the park in an attempt to replace some of the many that have been killed by Viburnum Leaf Beetles. Protectors will provide gloves, tools and refreshments. In case of heavy rain, planting will be postponed until Sunday, October 1st. For more information call Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393. (Service credit is available.)


Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Staten Island’s Land Conservation Organization

Submit your photographs for consideration in our 2018 Staten Island Nature & Wildlife Calendar.

Photographs will highlight the variety and uniqueness of Staten Island Parks and Natural Areas. Each month will be represented by a photograph of

that season and selected based on quality, content and ability to capture the natural beauty of Staten Island with a goal to highlight a park or natural area. An Ad Hoc Committee consisting of PPOW Board Members and Staten Island Naturalists has been created to select the photographs to be used in the calendar.

By this submission, I grant to Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, its representatives and employees the right to use my photograph(s) in connection with the above-identified subject. I authorize Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, its assigns and transferees to copyright, use and publish the same in print and/or electronically.

I agree that Protectors of Pine Oak Woods may use such photographs with or without my name and for any lawful purpose, including for example such purposes as publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content.

Deadline: July 20, 2017

Entry Fee: There is no fee for submissions.

Compensation: One PPOW Calendar only if your photograph is used in the calendar.

Notification of accepted artists: August 20, 2017

Please submit digitally – one per email. However, thee is no limit on the #of submissions.

Email entry to

Format: 4 MB minimums

Photographs selected for the calendar may also be displayed at exhibitions and we will endeavor to include credit to the photographer. A release agreement will be provided if your work is selected.

Include: Your Name: _______________________________________________________

Location of Photograph: ____________________________________________________

Date of Photograph (estimate): _______________________________________________

Children’s Aide Society Campaign to Save Property

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods
Staten Island’s Land Conservation Organization

Dear Friend,

With your help, The Children’s Aide Society is still confident that the mayor can be persuaded to include the purchase of the third phase of the Goodhue purchase in the budget. If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment and contact the mayor and strongly urge him to include funding the third phase of the Goodhue purchase in his current budget proposal. The budget is imminent so time is critical.

You can email the mayor at:

or phone 311 to make the suggestion.

Please consider the following bullet points when urging the mayor to include funding to complete the acquisition of the Goodhue Woods:
1.  Protectors of Pine Oak Woods has a long history advocating for the preservation of open space on Staten Island.
2.  Protectors urges you, Mayor Bill de Blasio, to include funding for the acquisition of the third parcel of the Goodhue Woods in your FY 2018 Executive Budget.
3.  The preservation of the land at Goodhue is well-aligned with our organization’s mission.
4.  The Children Aide Society has been a patient community-based organization working in good faith to make sure the property is protected from real estate development to be utilized as parkland for the people of Staten Island.
To read more about Goodhue Center’s beautiful 42-acre campus, please visit:

But please act today.


Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

Flora/Fauna/Feathers of Richmond County

Sponsored by

Protectors of Pine Oak Woods

Staten Island’s land conservation organization

May 6 through August 19, 2017

Come view original artwork celebrating nature and the natural environment of Staten Island.

Opening reception: Saturday, May 6, 2017 / 1:00-4:00 p.m.

The Biddle House at Conference House Park

70 Satterlee Street, Staten Island,10307

Exhibition hours: Monday – Friday by appointment only, Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Admission: free/ For contact information, call 718 227-1463 or e-mail francis.gessner@parksn.

Organized & curated by Gail Middleton / Creative Photographers Guild

Report on Protectors Semi-Annual Meeting at the Staten Island Zoo

At Protectors Semi Annual Meeting the members and supporters of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods were greeted and updated on walks and efforts by Protectors President Cliff Hagen. The walks are listed on the Calendar of Events.

The evening included a presentation by Tod Winston of the National Audubon Society about bringing birds to your home by growing native plants. He demonstrated that with the Audubon’s Native Plant Database National Audubon Society Plants for Birds database you could find the best plants for the birds in your area. It was emphasized that by growing bird-friendly plants will attract and protect the birds while making your yard beautiful, easy to care for, and better for the environment.

Protectors First Vice President Don Recklies gave a presentation about the severely damaged Arrowwood Viburnum shrubs in our woodlands. An invasive pest, the alien leaf beetle, that has been wreaking havoc on these shrubs. Don’s presentation provided an update on our Viburnum Project and showed what Protectors has prepared for volunteers who want to protect the viburnums their woods and yards.

What’s Love Got To Do With It: Compassion in Civic Life

What’s Love Got To Do With It: Compassion in Civic Life
Thursday, January 19, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Admission by Donation
Staten Island Museum at Snug Harbor
1000 Richmond Terrace (Building A) SI, NY 10301 (Map)

Join us for a meaningful discussion with community leaders as they respond to current affairs and share their experiences using compassion in civic life.
Our moderator will be Meg Ventrudo, Executive Director of the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art and panelists include: Clifford Hagen (President, Protectors of the Pine Oak Woods), Rev. John C. Bethell (Chaplain, United States Penitentiary, Hazelton), Kamillah Hanks (President/CEO at Historic Tappen Park Community Partnership), Ken Bialin (Zen Buddhist Monk & School Principal), and Debra Feaser (Financial Advisor, Edward Jones).

Richard Buegler 10-Mile Winter Walk

Saturday, January 14, 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Richard BueglerWinter 10-mile Greenbelt Walk – Protectors’ members are being encouraged to save the date for this iconic winter encounter with Staten Island’s woodlands, ponds, hills and vistas. The ten mile hike along the Greenbelt’s white trail brings participants in close contact with the winter woods. Dress warmly and bring lunch and beverage. We’ll meet at the Eaton Place carousel parking lot of Willowbrook Park. For more information contact Dominick Durso at (917) 478-7607, Don Recklies at (718) 768-9036 or Chuck Perry at (718) 667-1393.

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