January 30, 2012
I was pleasantly surprised to see this new sign on the road to the Environmental Center today ...
The road, as anyone who lives in the area knows, is like a race track ... literally. As I learned during the years I lived at the nature center, it's not uncommon to hear engines screaming under the cover of darkness or to find tire marks littering the road in the morning - evidence of a night of speeding and drag-racing. And even the general pace of traffic down the mile long stretch to the Islip Town Beach is far too fast. Wildlife, of course, are too often the victims as they try to cross between the 70-acre Environmental Center and the 200-acre Seatuck National Wildlife Refuge. We see dozens of animials - deer, racoon, fox, birds - killed on the road each year.
Hopefully the new sign will help. Credit is owed to Islip's Bouler Family who pushed Seatuck and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (managers of the wildlife refuge) to write a letter to the Town about the problem. And thanks is due to the Town of Islip for responding. We hope the sign slows down the cars ... and helps more of our local wildlife move safely between our property and the wildlife refuge.