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Thursday, 18 February 2016 11:39

Comments on Nitrogen Plan

In January, NYDEC and the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) released a Conceptual Draft Scope for the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan that sets forth goals, planning structure and tentative schedules & tasks designed to reduce the levels of nitrogen in the waters around Long Island. A series of public meetings were held in early February to present the plan and take public comment. Seatuck recently submited its comments, which can be downloaded here. One key component of Seatuck's comments is a recommendation that the NYDEC and LIRPC include an effort to increase circulation and ocean exchange in the Great South…
Tuesday, 29 September 2015 22:16

Seatuck Comments on Fire Island Plan

On the occassion of the 50th Anniversary of the Fire Island National Seashore, the National Park Service is in the process of updating its "General Management Plan" for the National Seashore and setting a course for the next fifty years The draft GMP, which was released earlier this year, was open for public comment until September 17, 2015 (although we've heard they're unofficially extended the deadline because of some website difficulty - comments can be submitted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Seatuck submitted comments urging the Park Service to adhere to the National Seashore’s original and primary purpose to preserve the island’s natural resources. While…
Tuesday, 08 September 2015 23:04

Bird/Window Collisions: A Transparent Problem

  It may come as a surprise but window collisions are the second leading cause of death to birds, right behind predation by pet and feral cats. From 330 million to as much as one billion birds are thought to perish every year from window collisions and it is one of the primary causes for why most songbirds are declining, some at an alarming rate. While there has been a lot of press attention on large concentrations of birds flying into tall buildings in major cities and radio towers in rural areas throughout North America, it’s the collective impact of…
Friday, 18 April 2014 13:31

Front Page Alewife Press!

More great press about our alewife work with the Village of Babylon! The Babylon Beacon ran the following piece on the Carlls River Fishway project on the front page of their April 18 issue ... The Carman's River, of course, is in Brookhaven, not Massapequa Creek. I think the author meant "and Massapequa Creek, where the project was started five years ago." And one other correction: we helped get some expert advice on the design of the fishway, but didn't supervise the structure's construction and installation. Anyone who knows anything about the Village of Babylon's fantastic DPW team knows that…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 21:23

First Fish!

After several years of working with the Village of Babylon to restore alewife habitat in the Carlls River, we were thrilled this week to document the first fish using the new fishway at Argyle Lake. The fish is arguably the first fish to make it past the Argyle Lake dam since it was constructed in the 1880s! Learn more about the story and see footage of the pioneering alewife below ...     There are a lot of people who deserve credit and thanks for this small conservation victory. I have to start with Brian Kelder who, back in 2009…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 21:20

3/26 Alewife Update

Even with the cold winter Long Island had a surprisingly early start to the 2014 alewife migration, with fish already reported this month in the Peconic River, Carmans River, Sunken Meadow Creek, Alewife Creek and Carlls River. The East End sites (Peconic River and Alewife Creek) were the first places to see fish, which is not surprising as the runs have moved east to west across the island in past years. The Carlls, Carmans and Sunken Meadow sitings were all from late last week. But this latest cold snap seems to have put the brakes on the run for now.…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 21:16

Alewife Survey Underway

The 2014 alewife migration on Long Isalnd is underway! Byron Young, a retired DEC biologist, made the first report today. He didn't see a fish, but he did spot the tell-tale sign of shiny scales on the shore. The scales, which could only be from alewives this time of year, are left behind on the shore after an alewife is consumed by a predator - often a raccoon or herring gull. Byron, who has been working on alewife restoration across Long Island for more than a decade, noticed the scales while surveying the pool below the Woodhull Dam on the…
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 21:13

And So it Begins ...

The 2014 alewife migration on Long Isalnd is underway! Byron Young, a retired DEC biologist, made the first report today. He didn't see a fish, but he did spot the tell-tale sign of shiny scales on the shore. The scales, which could only be from alewives this time of year, are left behind on the shore after an alewife is consumed by a predator - often a raccoon or herring gull. Byron, who has been working on alewife restoration across Long Island for more than a decade, noticed the scales while surveying the pool below the Woodhull Dam on the…
Wednesday, 16 May 2012 00:00

Newly Hatched Quail

it's that time of year. All of the animals in the forest are 'twitterpated' and have started raising youngsters. So far, I've seen newborn fawns and a den of six red fox pups. The quail we raised last year, and overwintered in the coop outside, are no different. They have laid over forty eggs and ten have hatched so far! All of the eggs that hatched are from last year's quail and we're still patiently waiting on the other newcomers to break out of their shells. The first egg discovered in the coop on April 10th, was moved to the…
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