One of my favorite places to visit in Staten Island is Blue Heron Park. If you are coming from Manhattan and using public transportation, after getting off the Staten Island Ferry in Staten Island, take the #78 bus and get off on Hylan Blvd. and Poillon. It’s best to take a map, because half the time the bus drivers have no idea where it is. From the corner of Poillon and Hylan, it’s just a short walk up Poillon, by a few of Staten Island’s most beautiful houses, to the first entrance to the park, which is right in front of Spring Pond. It’s a long bus ride (about an hour), but you will get a good tour–through some of the worse parts and the best parts–of Staten Island for the price of a bus ride.
Spring Pond is a kettle pond, formed when the Wisconsin Ice Sheet left a large piece of ice that melted and formed a bowl-like depression, called a “kettle.” Rainwater and run-off filled the depression to form the pond. Spring Pond is a wetland that naturally filters out pollution.
Located near Raritan Bay, Blue Heron Park has 250 acres of meadows, streams, woodlands, and 6 ponds all of which I intend on exploring this spring and summer.
I visited the Park yesterday and took these photos. I saw a flock of blue herons above Spring Pond, but they flew away before I could get my camera up and focused. I’ll try again next week and update this blog with maybe some better photos.
At the park you can walk the trails while listening to the sounds of nature and watching a great variety of birds or do research in the nature library. The park offers all kinds of nature and craft/art programs and clubs for all ages. If you like nature photography, you will really enjoy yourself here.
Blue Heron Park is only a few blocks from Raritan Bay in Staten Island.
Visit my other post “Staten Island’s Great Nature Trails” to view more nature walks in Staten Island.
All ecosystems change over time. Ponds become marsh then forests. Meadows and fields become forests. Eventually forests burn or are blown-down, and meadows sprout anew providing a home for a whole new succession of plants.
These are a couple of new photos I took of Spring Pond on June 8, 2012