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Aug
6
Sun
Buck’s Hollow and Heyerdahl Hill @ LaTourette Park
Aug 6 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This is a loop walk along the converging trails through the lovely woods of LaTourette Park. This time we’re meeting at Meisner and Rockland Avenues by the stone dam at the Bluebelt pond. We’ll pass Buttonbush swamp and a grove of unique Persimmon trees. This hike is covered in Secret Places of Staten Island by Bruce Kershner (Kendall/Hunt, 1998). For more information, e-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545.

Aug
10
Thu
Neighborhood Nature Series (Eltingville)
Aug 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join with curious, novice and studied members of Protectors as we explore the wild streets of Eltingville. Our neighborhoods are alive with birds and butterflies, trees, flowers and shrubs. Investigate what lies below the canopy of street trees, where birds nest and butterflies nectar. Enjoy a stroll along residential streets and search for the mammals that use our homes as their own. Participants are asked to meet at the corner of Amboy Road and Richmond Avenue. For more information call Cliff Hagen at (718) 313-8591 or email him at chagen72@gmail.com.

Aug
12
Sat
Forest Restoration Workshop (#251) @ High Rock Park
Aug 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

NOTE: this is not a “3rd Saturday” restoration. Meet in the Nevada Avenue parking lot of High Rock (200 Nevada Avenue). We will follow the trail beside the Moravian Cemetery where we will try to uproot some of the many alien Devil’s Walking Sticks that have sprung up in the fallen trees along the fence line. We will also uproot or cut Multi-flora Rose and other unwanted plants that we find along the way. Should the fence line be too difficult, we’ll continue to Pumphouse Pond to clean up what has sprouted new since out last visit. If you don’t have your own, Protectors will supply gloves and pruners (& refreshments). After a two hour work session (our 251th 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. (Service credit is available.)

Aug
20
Sun
Blue Trail to Cropsey Overlook @ High Rock Park
Aug 20 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Hillel on a 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 long ago. Meet at the High Rock Park parking lot at the top of Nevada Avenue. E-mail Hillel Lofaso at hillel5757@gmail.com or call 718-477-0545 for more information.

Sep
9
Sat
The Little Big Day Bird Count
Sep 9 @ 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

Designed to capture data on the south-bound, fall migration of birds crossing Staten Island, the Little Big Day Bird Count offers participants an opportunity to go afield with like-minded folk seeking to collect consistent field data, the backbone of citizen science. Participants are asked to identify birds and butterflies used to tabulate a snapshot of species seen on the second Saturday of September, the height of the south-bound bird migration here on Staten Island. Now in its 17th year, birders have identified more than 150 species of birds and nearly 40 species of butterflies through the years. If you are interested and would like to learn more call Cliff Hagen at (718) 313-8591 or email him at chagen72@gmail.com.

Sep
10
Sun
Discover Francis Woodlands @ Francis Woodlands
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

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 passed Manor Road going towards Richmond Road. For more information, call Hillel Lofaso at 718-477-0545.

Sep
16
Sat
Forest Restoration Workshop (#252) @ Lemon Creek Fishing Pier
Sep 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Staten Island Beach Cleanup at Sharrott & Mt. Loretto Beaches. Join Protectors and the Natural Resources Protective Association in the NYC fishing pier parking lot opposite the intersection of Hylan Blvd. and Sharrott Avenue to take part in the International Coastal Cleanup. We will collect, separate, and record trash from the beach (and enjoy the Raritan Bay!). Data from this annual clean-up is used by the International Coastal Conservancy to monitor the cleanliness of our beaches and the health of our shoreline waters. Protectors will provide gloves, bags and refreshments. This will be the 252nd Restoration and the 14th 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. (Service credit is available.)