Saturday, September 23, 2006

Check Out the Hawks in Prospect Park

Our friends at Prospect Park send word that this is Hawk Weekend at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. Specifically, you can "meet" trained, live hawks from Noon-4PM today (9/23 and tomorrow 9/24), join a wild hawk watch (12 – 3 PM each day), and take a Discover Tour hawk walk (3 – 4 PM each day). If you really dig birds or hawks there will also be an introduction to birdwatching walk (12 – 1:30 PM on Saturday), hawk mask making crafts (1 – 3 PM each day), face painting (1:30 – 3:30 PM each day) and a screening of a film about New York’s most famous hawk, Pale Male, (3:45 – 4:45 PM each day). The first two sailings of the park's cute little electric boat Independence on Saturday and Sunday will be birdwatching cruises with a special emphasis on hawk watching (departures at 12 PM and 1:15 PM).

And, if hawks aren't your thing, there's always the Harvest Fair at the Lefferts Historic House today and tomorrow from Noon-4PM. The Prospect Park people say you can "harvest potatoes in the garden of this circa 1783 Dutch-American farmhouse and cook them in an 18th century style hearth and brick oven. There will be plenty of sweet apple cider, demonstrations of linen cloth being made from flax using a spinning wheel and kids can learn to make musical instruments from dried gourds." Wonder if you get to keep what you harvest?

Finally, but definitely not least, the Doctors Without Borders Refugee Camp is in the park through Sunday, open from 9:00AM-6:30PM. This one's a definite on our list.

Click over the Prospect Park website for more information.

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