MONK PARAKEETS, Ridgefield When you reach Railroad Avenue, head south under Hendricks Causeway Bridge. Park car near the bridge and listen; Monk Parakeets live in nests on underside of the bridge.
KEARNY FRESH-WATER MARSH, Kearny Camman Drive is the road the loops around Gunnell Oval; the marsh is to the east of the easternmost corner of the drive. You can launch kayaks and canoes at this location.
William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park begins a new month of
programming next Wednesday night with free public programs at 8:30 and 9:30 p.m.
-- weather permitting, of course. [Note: The observatory is closed Monday for Memorial Day.] Dress for the weather; with the
open, you are basically outside. Each
evening two major objects in the night sky will be viewed, plus one or
two other celestial objects or events depending on the observing
conditions. Pictured at
left is the observatory's state-of-the-art
telescope with a 20-inch
mirror, housed beneath a retractable
dome. The telescope, one of
the largest in the area, is equipped
with cameras to record the stars and planets. Special filters block
pollution. For detailed information and the complete June
schedule, click here.
The William D. McDowell Observatory in DeKorte Park has a full schedule for May, including several free public observation nights, a month-long Tuesday-night astronomy course, and a special program on how NASA technology has been applied to everyday life.
Public Viewing Schedule
Observe the skies through the 20-inch
diameter telescope of the William D. McDowell Observatory each Monday and
Wednesday evening. Because of the later sunsets, the viewing hours will begin at 9 pm.
Each free session focuses on two major objects on the night sky,
plus one or two other celestial objects or events depending on the observing
Observing is weather dependent and will be canceled for that night
if the skies are cloudy at the beginning of the observing
Click "Continue reading ..." to view entire May observatory schedule.