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September Newsletter 2013, Volume 4, Number 9
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs

Fall Sports and Recreation Programs

BasketballBasketball

Girls Only Basketball Clinic

Ages 8-10 years old (Thursdays 5:15-6:45)
11-13 years old (Thursdays 6:45-8:15)
Starting Thursday October 3rd, 2013
Where: Troup School
Cost: $15.00 per child

6 Weeks of Basketball Fundamentals:
Dribbling, Shooting, and Passing
This program is for girls who are beginner basketball players

In this Issue:

Boys Only Basketball Clinic

Ages 8-10 years old (Thursdays 5:15-6:45)
11-13 years old (Thursdays 6:45-8:15)
Starting Thursday October 3rd, 2013
Where: King Robinson School
Cost: $15.00 per child

6 Weeks of Basketball Fundamentals: Dribbling, Shooting, and Passing
This program is for boys who are beginner basketball players

For more information contact:
Felicia Shashinka 203-946-8088 or fshashinka@newhavenct.net or
Rex Cone (203) 946-8022 or rcone@newhavenct.net

Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.


Swimming Lessons

SwimmingLessons begin the week of October 1st
Registration begins September 9th, 2013
Ages 4-18

Tuesdays and Thursdays Class Times:
4:00-4:45pm
5:00-5:45pm
6:00-6:45pm
7:00-7:45pm

Session 1 - Oct. 1st -Nov. 14th
Session 2 - Jan. 7th-Feb. 15th
Session 3 - March 4th-April 10th
Session 4 - April 29th-June 5th

Open Swim
Wednesdays 5:00-8:00pm & Saturdays 10:00-2:00pm at John Martinez
Thursdays 5:00-8:00pm & Saturdays from 10:00am-2:00pm at Hillhouse

Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.


Football Football

Flag Football Clinic

Dates: Saturdays, September 21 to October 26
Time: 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Costs for program: $15
Location: Martinez School, 100 James Street, New Haven, CT
Ages: for boys and girls, ages 5 to 6

Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.

Youth Flag Football

Dates: Saturdays, September 21 to October 26
Time: 10:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Cost for program: $25
Location: Martinez School, 100 James Street, New Haven, CT
Ages: for boys and girls, ages 7 to 9

Click here to download fliers and registration forms from the Parks website.

For more information contact:
Felicia Shashinka 203-946-8088 or fshashinka@newhavenct.net or
Rex Cone (203) 946-8022 or rcone@newhavenct.net


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After-School Outdoor Adventures

Kayak TouringWho: Students ages 8-12.
When: Tuesday’s 3:45 pm-5 pm
How Much: $25 per student for all 5 classes
Where: Edgewood Park (meet at 720 Edgewood Ave)
With: New Haven Park Rangers
Why:
- To have a better appreciation of the natural world in and around
- New Haven
- Learn outdoor skills
- Learn leadership skills
- Build confidence
- Be physically and mentally active

Dates:
October 1 - Animal Tracking. Edgewood Park
October 8 - Canoeing. Edgewood Park
October 15 - Pond Life Studies/Fishing. Edgewood Park
October 22 - Wilderness Survival. Edgewood Park
October 29 - Geocaching. Edgewood Park

For more information: Call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027


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Lighthouse Point Migration FestivalLighthouse Point Park Migration Festival
Celebrating Birds, Butterflies & Dragonflies

Sunday, September 22, 2013 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
A suggested donation of $5.00 per car is requested
to help fund next year’s event

Come celebrate the spectacle and mystery of migration at one of the best places to see migrating wild hawks in New England! Lighthouse Point Park is a recognized Important Birding Area.

- Live Bird Shows featuring Hawks and Owls!
- See wild birds up close at banding demonstrations!
- Children’s activities and fun for the whole family!
- Ride the Old-Fashioned Carousel!
- Tour the Historic Lighthouse!
- Live Music!
- Hands-on Butterfly Tagging!
- Bird walks and more!

Schedule of Events
8:00 am – ongoing Hawk Watching (mid field viewing area)
8:00 am to 9:30 am Bird Walk led by Chris Loscalzo
8:30 am to 11:00 am Bird Banding Demo w/ CT Audubon Society
9:00 am to 10:00 am Hawk Flight I.D. Workshop CT Ornithological Association
9:30 am to 10:45 am Children’s Bird Walk led by Flo McBride
9:30 am to 10:45 am Bird Walk led by Mike Horn
9:30 am to 3:00 pm Monarch Butterfly Tagging in the Butterfly Garden
11:15 am to 12:15 Live Raptor Show presented by Horizon Wings
9:00 am to 11:30 am
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Lighthouse Tours
12:15 to 1:15pm Live Music
11am to 2:30 pm Ride the Historic Carousel
1:30 pm to 3:00 pm “Skyhunters in Flight” – Falconry Demo

In addition to Audubon CT and The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, our event partners include: Friends of Lighthouse Park, Board of Park Commissioners, New Haven Bird Club, CT Butterfly Association, CT Ornithological Association, Northeast Hawk Watch, Peabody Museum


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Hawk Watching at Lighthouse Point Park

Hawk watchingMost people are unaware that Lighthouse Point Park offers some of the best hawk and songbird observation opportunities in the entire Northeast during autumn season.

Annually hawks, falcons, eagles, songbirds as well as some species of Butterflies and Dragonflies move through this park on their journey south.

For over 27 years, trained volunteers have kept binoculars to the sky in order to record this passage of birds for Scientific research.

This past year, over 12,000+ Birds of Prey were counted from the mid-field observation area in the park. Count period runs from September 1st to November 30th and hawk watch volunteers can be found there daily, except for rainy days.

A new addition to this migratory hotspot, the establishment of a small coastal grassland habitat, is located across the street from the butterfly garden. Along with the bird feeding station, this small urban oasis has attached a number of new species to Lighthouse Point Park.

Located close by, at East Shore Park, the New Haven Parks Department has created a new wildlife demonstration garden. Funding was received from Audubon CT and the Disney Corporation for the purpose of encouraging the public to plant more wildlife-friendly vegetation in their backyards. Along with the garden, 27 bird-friendly food source trees were added through out the park to replace trees lost during last year’s storms.

Each of these improvements were designed to provide food and cover for wildlife and migrating birds utilizing native plant species.

We, at New Haven Parks and Recreation, encourage taking some time to visit Lighthouse and East Shore Park this fall, to observe for yourself, this seasonal miracle of migration.

~ Ranger Dan Barvir


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Hiking

Family Archery

Dates: September 11, 18, 25 & October 2
Times: 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Location: West Rock Nature Center, 1080 Wintergreen Ave, Hamden, CT
Ages: 8+
Cost: $60

The Beginner Archery series of classes concentrates on range rules, safety rules and fundamentals of archery, and is taught using recurve bows. The beginner session is appropriate for those who have never shot a bow, or those with some previous experience that are seeking a refresher session.

All safety gear and equipment will be provided. (Bow, arrows, finger tab, arm guard, quiver).
Class is limited to 10 students.

For more information: call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net
To Register: Call 203-946-8027


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Canoe Rentals on the Mill

CanoeSeptember 20 - Mill River (East Rock Boat Launch) - 5 pm - 7:00 pm
$10 Per Boat for New Haven Residents/$20 for Non-Residents.
$5 Individual Paddlers NH Res./ $10 for Non-Res.
*up to 3 or 4 people per boat (TBD by Parks Staff)
First Come, First Serve. No Pre-Registration Required
No Experience Necessary.
PFD, Paddle and Boat provided.
For ages 5+. 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult
Trip Length: about 45 minutes

For more information call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net


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KayakingEssentials of Kayaking Course

September 28 - American Canoe Association Level 2 Essentials of Kayaking Course
Lighthouse Point Park - 9 am - 4 pm.
$100 for New Haven Residents. $150 for Non-residents.

Learn strokes, maneuvers, landing and launching, equipment & gear, basic rescues, safety & coastal dynamics of tides, currents and winds. This course provides beginners with a safe and fun intro to the sport of coastal kayaking. All gear (paddle, PFD, safety gear, and kayak) are provided. Ages: 13 +. Class is limited to 5 participants.

For more information call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net


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The lighthouse in New Haven HarborLighthouse Tours at Lighthouse Point Park

Climb the historic lighthouse!

September 20, 1 - 3 pm
Lighthouse - $5 per person.
Tours leave every 15 minutes.
- No flip-flops, sandals, or open-toed shoes
- Appropriate for ages 10+
- Participants must be able to climb stairs and 6 foot ladder

Tours are available on a first come/first served basis and can only be purchased in-person at the site the day of the climb. Pre-registration is not required.

For more information call 203-946-6559 or email jmilone@newhavenct.net


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Soldiers and sailors MonumentTours of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument -
East Rock Park Summit

Wednesday, September 11, 1pm – 4pm

Climb the 87 steps of the 112 foot monument for a spectacular view of New Haven from atop the 366 foot summit of East Rock.

The Soldiers and Sailors Monument, located on the 366-foot (112 m) summit of East Rock in New Haven, Connecticut, is visible for miles from the surrounding urban metropolis and Long Island Sound. The monument was built in 1887 and honors the residents of New Haven who gave their lives in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, and the Civil War. It is 112 feet (34 m) high and 87 steps to the top. Further information on the Park's history is at the Ranger Station.

For more information:
call 203-946-6086 (Rangers Dan Barvir and Wray Williams)


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Birdwalk and Park Cleanup at Lighthouse

With the New Haven Bird Club members and volunteers
Saturday August 24th

Cleanup crew at Lighthouse
New Haven Bird Members and Park Ranger Dan in action during park clean up. Sat. 8/24/13

On a beautiful Saturday morning, August 24th, out at Lighthouse Point Park, Members of the New Haven Bird Club, Hawk watchers and local citizens, joined forces to help clean up Lighthouse Pt Park backwoods trails in preparation for the upcoming 11th annual Migration Festival.

The day started with a bird walk at 8am. We sited about 47 bird species. Highlights of the walk included lot of swallows and Chimney swifts feeding on flying insects. 5 species of warblers were seen and thanks to Nick Bromo and company we added a Morning Warbler to the list.

Confusing Empidonax flycatchers were spotted, but tough to ID, though we had good looks at a Great Crested Flycatcher.

Along with the birds, there was a good show Dragonflies and many colorful Butterflies located around the Butterfly and Bird Garden and the Coastal grassland field.

At about 9:30 am, the volunteers hit the trails, with trash grippers, buckets, trash bags and lopping shears , to clean up and cut back limbs along the trails. At the same time Park staff Rangers , broke out the chainsaws to cut and clear six trees and large limbs brought down by Hurricane Sandy that were blocking trail access. Volunteers collected 12 bags of trash and removed one large old chair. (see attached picture) from the wood trails.

We, at New Haven Parks, would like to thanks the New Haven Bird Club and its members for all their support in making our parks a better place for people, our community and all its plants and animals.


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Nature PalsNature Pals

Wednesdays 9:30 - 11:00
September 11 through October 30
New Location: Barnard Nature Center, 200 Derby Avenue

Join us as we explore nature with stories, crafts, and outdoor activities. Children ages 2 to 5 with a parent or caregiver (younger siblings welcome). Kosher snack provided. We meet rain or shine!

$48 for 8 week session ($6/week).
$7/week drop-in rate.
Register for the whole session and save $$$!

Email naturepalsFOEP@gmail.com for more information and to pre-register, or
check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NaturePalsFOEP


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Ranger Program Schedules

New Haven Park Rangers
Left to right: Harry Coyle, Martin Torresquintero, Joe Milone, Wray WIlliams, Dan Barvir

Trowbridge Environmental Center at East Rock Park
Staff: Dan Barvir & Wray Williams, Park Rangers

Day Date Time Program Leader
Wed 11, 18, 25 8am to 11am Hawk Watching at Lighthouse Point Park Barvir
Wed 11 10am to 11:30am Patriot Day Remembrance Day Williams
  11 1pm to 3:00pm Soldiers and Sailors Monument Tours ($5) Staff
Thu 12 10am to 11:30am Ranger led Bird Walk Barvir
Sat 14 10am to 1pm Park Clean Up and Trail work with the
Friends of East Rock Park
Barvir
Mon 16 4pm to 6pm Basic Archery Classes at West Rock Nature Center Williams
Tue 17 4pm to 6pm Basic Archery Classes at West Rock Nature Center Williams
Thu 19 4pm to 6pm Basic Archery Classes at West Rock Nature Center Williams
Thu 19 & 26 9:30am to 11:30am Hawk watching at the East Rock Summit Barvir
Fri 20 11:30am to 1pm Last Day of Summer Hike Williams
Thu 20 & 27 9:30am to 11:30am Hawk watching at the East Rock Summit Barvir
Sun 22 8am to 3pm Migration Fest at Lighthouse Pt. Park ($5/car) Staff

Registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at 946-6086 for directions, more information, and to register for these programs. Trowbridge program calendar is available on the web at: http://newhavencity.webship.com/Parks/ranger/eastrock.asp All programs meet at the Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station and are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Trowbridge Environmental Center/Ranger Station is located on the corner of Cold Spring & Orange Streets, opposite Wilbur Cross High School.


Barnard Nature Center at West River Memorial Park
Staff: Harry Coyle, Park Ranger

Day Date Time Program Ranger
Thu 5 1-3 pm Lighthouse Tours Harry & Wray
Fri 6 3:30-4:30 pm Reptile and Amphibian Slideshow (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 9 1-2 pm Summer Nature Walk
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
Harry
Tue 10 1-2 pm Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Wed 11 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Mon 16 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet in front of Dixwell-Newhallville Senior Center at 255 Goffe Street)
Harry
Tue 17 10-11 am Summer Nature Walk
(Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near the Basketball/Tennis Courts)
Harry
Wed 18 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
    10-11 am Summer Nature Walk
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
Harry
Thu 19 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
    3:30-4:30 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet in front of Community Action Agency at 419 Whalley Avenue)
Harry
Fri 20 1-3 pm Lighthouse Tours (Lighthouse Point Park) Harry & Joe
    5-7 pm Canoe Rentals (Mill River Boat Launch) Harry & Joe
Mon 23 10-11 am Autumn Nature Walk
(Meet at the Edgewood Park Gazebo near the Basketball/Tennis Courts)
Harry
Tue 24 12:30-1:30 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet in front of Casa Otonal at 135 Sylvan Avenue # 1)
Harry
Wed 25 9:30-11 am Nature Pals Playgroup (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
    1-2 pm Autumn Nature Walk
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
Harry
Thu 26 10-11 am Birds of the West River (Barnard Nature Center) Harry
Fri 27 11 am-1 pm Lighthouse Tours (Lighthouse Point Park) Harry & Wray
    1:30-2:30 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet in front of East Shore Senior Center at 411 Townsend Avenue)
Harry
Mon 30 1-2 pm Senior Nature Walk
(Meet at the Atwater Senior Center at 26 Atwater Street)
Harry
    3:30-4:30 pm Autumn Nature Walk
(Meet at the Park Office at 720 Edgewood Avenue)
Harry

Pre-registration for programs is requested by the Park Ranger Staff for planning purposes. Contact us at (203) 691-3539 directions, more information, and to register for these programs. The ranger program calendar is available on the web at: http://www.cityofnewhaven.com/parks/. All programs meet at the Barnard Nature Center are free to New Haven residents except as noted. A donation of $2 per person is suggested for participants residing outside New Haven. The Barnard Nature Center is located on the corner Route 34 and Ella T Grasso Boulevard. The park entrance is located on Route 34.

* Fee required


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Holiday Tree SoughtHoliday Tree Sought

Missing! 55 to 70 foot tall Norway Spruce or Douglas Fir tree (not a blue spruce). The staff of the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation & Trees has been looking for a very special tree to be used on the New Haven Green during the winter holidays. Have you seen this tree? If so, would you like to donate the tree to the city?

The donated tree will be decorated with over 30,000 lights; be the holiday centerpiece of the historic green and will be removed from your property free of charge.

Trees between 25 and 40 feet high will be considered for future years or other locations.

To donate a tree call Christy Hass at the Parks’ Maintenance Division (203) 946-8004 or chass@newhavenct.net.
If you have a photo of the tree; please include in your e-mail.


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Monthly Photo Gallery

Kayaking at Lighthouse Point Park

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Eco Camp at East Rock Park

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