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Thursday, 15 January 2015 19:00

Native Seed Propagation

On an extremely cold day in early January, members of Seatuck’s Landscape Committee got together indoors for a seed propagation session. This project is an effort to expand planting in our own gardens. We have also donated some seedlings to local schools for their native plant initiatives. Indeed, there is something satisfying about starting seed in the middle of winter. Seeds are teased from fluff, miniscule ones are sprinkled as from a saltshaker, and some that have extremely hard coats are scarified with sandpaper. Others are extracted from dried berries or from twisted brown pods. All are from native plants…
Monday, 30 January 2012 00:00

New Sign and (Hopefully) a Safer Crossing

January 30, 2012 I was pleasantly surprised to see this new sign on the road to the Environmental Center today ... IMG_0471 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…
Monday, 31 October 2011 00:00

Owl Prowl! [also in Owl Prowl 5K]

The 2nd Annual Seatuck Owl Prowl is in the books.  Despite the weekend’s weather, we had an amazing turnout (433 finishers!) and a great morning.  If you haven’t seen them, the full results can be found at Island Timing’s website (   Also, photographer (and Seatuck volunteer!) Craig Low took a ton of amazing photos of the event, including all finishers, costumed participants and many of the Monster-Mashers.  You’d can see (6and purchase) his photos at this site (;jsessionid=24303c27ad2521d76233?&categoryId=0&eventInstanceId=23230&pageSize=200&curPage=1) With the race fresh in my memory, here’s a few other random thoughts on the day: • My first impression in…
Thursday, 16 December 2010 00:00

Fox Visit

December 16, 2010Fox Visit [also in Wildlife] Turns out our newest staff member, Jessie Comba, is not only a fantastic educator and all-round great person, but she's pretty adept with a camera, too.  Today she captured some beautiful images of a pair of neighborhood fox that stop by the Environmental Center to romp around for a while.  One of them dug up a cached carcass and ran off with it.  Beautiful animals, aren't they?  Enjoy.  Thanks, Jessie! - Enrico The cache is found Digging The second fox kept an eye on the progress. The inevitable…
Monday, 25 October 2010 00:00

KIC It! (Take Two)

KIC 1010 -2  KIC - always there when we need them! This past Saturday over twenty student volunteers from Islip High School's Keep Islip Clean Club arrived to help us get ready for the big Spooktacular weekend and our inaugural Owl Prowl 5K run.  They worked on assembling boardwalks and clearing trails for the upcoming events.  Their work, which continued a project they started in April when they helped us get ready for our Earth Day grand opening, has focused on our "North Woods Trail." Thanks to KIC's help, the new trail is nearly complete and will be…

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