Salamanders of the Urban Forest
Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
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.
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