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New Meetup: Bird Watching and Nature Hike in Prospect Park

From: Kevin
Sent on: Thursday, February 19, 2009 9:16 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Park Slope Brunch Group!

What: Bird Watching and Nature Hike in Prospect Park

When: April 11,[masked]:30 AM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Come out and welcome spring by going bird watching and taking a nature hike.

The Audubon Center is located in "The Boathouse" which is the focal point for one of the most dramatic landscapes in the Park, with a lavish green canopy enclosing waterfalls, serpentine paths and carved bridges. With its elegant arches, decorative tiles and classical balcony, the design of this 1905 Beaux Arts structure was inspired by the architecture of a 16th century Venetian library.

In the early 20th century, boating along the serene surface of the Lullwater was a favorite pastime of Park visitors, and the Boathouse added to the natural beauty of the Park's watercourse. After undergoing years of much-needed restoration, it reopened in spring 2002 as host to the Prospect Park Audubon Center. The Camperdown Elm, made famous by poet Marianne Moore, is located next to the Boathouse.

At the Audubon Center's Songbird Caf?, you will find organic shade-grown coffee, baked goods and desserts, grab-and-go snacks, soft drinks, and more. And there are plenty of options for kids. Outdoor tables on the terrace overlooking the flora and fauna of the beautiful Lullwater make the caf? a perfect place for lunch, a snack or a quick break during a day of exploring the Park.

The Songbird Caf? is open during regular Audubon Center hours.

TIME: 11:30 a.m. The tour starts at noon but it is important to get there a little bit earlier.

COST : FREE ($1 donations to the organizer are appreciated)

LOCATION: We will meet in front of the boathouse facing the lake

WEBSITE: http://www.prospectpark.org

The tour is an hour and a half long lead by an experinced naturalist, Michelle. We will be looking for woodpeckers, gulls, red Hawks, cardinals, blue jays, ducks, swans sparrows and more.
There are a limited number of Binoculars that are available for loan, but if you can try and bring a pair of your own. for more info go to the Prospect park alliance and then go to the Audubon center. http//www.prospectpark.org.

I hope you can join us, take care
Jenifer

DIRECTIONS and TRANSPORTATION:

The Audubon Center and Visitor Center at the Boathouse is located just inside the Lincoln Road / Ocean Avenue entrance to Prospect Park.

By Subway:
Q or S trains to Prospect Park Station. Exit at Lincoln Road and follow Lincoln Road to park entrance on Ocean Avenue. Walk along the roadway, cross the Drive and continue following the path downhill through the Cleft Ridge Span Bridge.

Learn more here:
http://www.meetup.com/Park-Slope-Brunch/calendar/9780654/

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