Great Kills Park Photography & Nature Tour
Our friend's at NYC WILD are heading out on an adventure to Staten Island!
Great Kills Park is another gem in the necklace of the Gateway National Recreation Area. After a brief woodland walk from the Staten Island Railroad (SIR), upon crossing Hylan Boulevard we are immediately in the wide open space of a coastal environment. Phragmites dominate the land while the broad expanse of sky provides a perfect backdrop for soaring raptors.
First head to Oakwood Beach—where we’ll mosey along watching for winter ducks, loons and grebes (maybe even some gannets!), all the time looking for Horned Larks and bouncing Snow Buntings along the wind fences, then enter the uplands of the Crookes Point peninsula. Rounding its hook, we return along the harbor. We should be entertained by geese, ducks, cormorants, and gulls. A Snowy Owl would be a real bonus! Bring your lunch for a picnic along the way (if it’s not too cold).
Date: December 18th
Time: Meet at 8:30AM at the ferry, finish around 4:00PM