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Celebrate National Urban Biodiversity Week and NYC Wildflower Week May 12 - 20, 2012

Salamanders of the Urban Forest

NYC Wildflower Week

Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

Bronx, NY

Salamanders of the Urban Forest

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Time:  Thursday, May 17th, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Meet on the park side of the intersection of Napier Avenue and Van Cortlandt Park East near 237th Street. (There is no parking lot but usually plenty of on the street parking).

Guide:  Ellen Pehek, Principal Research Ecologist, NYC Parks & Recreation

Description:  Look down when you walk in the forest, especially in the spring! Beautiful wildflowers can be seen that will disappear by summer to spend the hot months in dormancy. Small animals with a big impact on forest ecology are hidden beneath leaves, logs and rocks. We will take a short walk into the forest of Van Cortland Park to explore the plants and animals that live on the forest floor and learn about a study comparing native forest and forest dominated by exotic plants. We will see red-backed salamanders, soil invertebrates such as centipedes and beetles, and spring ephemeral wildflowers. 

Please Note: We recommend being properly outfitted - comfortable shoes, long pants, long sleeve shirt, and wide brimmed hat.  Definitely bring water.  You may also like to have sunscreen, camera, mushroom guidebooks, hand lens or magnifying glass and bug spray.  If inclement weather, contact us here via eventbrite.

Have questions about Salamanders of the Urban Forest? Contact NYC Wildflower Week

When & Where

Van Cortlandt Park
Napier Avenue and Van Cortland Park East
Bronx, NY

Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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