Sunday, June 2, 2013 11:00 am (for 11:30 ferry)
Periodical “17-year” Cicada, Staten Island, NY
"Brood II Monsters - A City Slickers Adventure"
Can Manhattanites handle this?
Nature has roused the periodical cicada--Magicicada septendecim, Brood II--from a 17-year sleep. With their fearsome faces and sci-fi voices, these creatures are crawling out of the earth in the billions, right up to the edge of your fear-factor threshold. Experience these noisy bugs firsthand with tour leader, photographer and writer Eric K. Washington. Highlights include crossing on the Staten Island Ferry; visiting the Staten Island Museum exhibit in St. George, “They're Baaack! Return of the 17-year Cicadas”; and venturing into Clove Lakes Park where the canopy lurks with as many of these eerily obstreperous critters that your camera can point and shoot at.
Come on now...yes!...you can do this!
Don’t worry: these monsters don’t bite or sting!
Meet: Staten Island Ferry Terminal (Manhattan side). Take the escalator up, pass through the turnstile, and look for me near food concession toward the right holding up a cicada sign.
Bring: MTA fare card for bus; lunch or lunch money; trekking shoes; nerves of steel.
Fee: $20 - which covers tour fee and suggested donation to the Staten Island Museum.
Tour leader: Eric K. Washington is a former Staten Islander and veteran of the 1962 cicada emergence. He also covered the 1996 emergence in the The New Yorker magazine story, “They’re Baaack!.”