Parks Department Naturalist to Discuss Alley Creek at Queens Bird Club Event

Speaker will talk about landfills, Alley Creek project during Oct. 17 event at Alley Pond Environmental Center.

The city Parks and Recreation Department’s chief naturalist will discuss landfills and the Alley Creek project during an event being held in Douglaston this month by the Queens County Bird Club.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 17 at Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at 228-06 Northern Blvd.

Michael Feller, chief naturalist for the Parks Department’s Natural Resources Group, will take attendees on a virtual natural history tour of the city’s landfills, including salt marshes, grasslands and forest restoration projects, such as the recently completed Alley Creek project.

“I’d contacted him to speak about Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg’s million trees initiative,” said Mary Normandia, the bird club’s vice president. “He’s going to speak about developing landfills, but I’ve also asked him to discuss Alley Creek. We’ve watched the trees being added and growing around the creek. It’s making a nice habitat.”

Normandia said Walter Mugdan, president of the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee and Patch columnist, will be a future speaker at one of the group’s monthly events.


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