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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…
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 20:30

My snowy, finally!

After a winter's worth of searching (mostly from the car, I confess), it finally happened today. On my way home from work I stopped in at the West End of Jones Beach and ... saw my first snowy owl! After surveying the dunes on the east side of the bathhouse at Field 4, I hopped in the car to try the west side. And as I drove over, there it was, sitting on the roof of the bathhouse! Just sitting there, like it had been there all winter. Like it was just waiting for me. Even still, I almost missed it. I…
Monday, 10 February 2014 23:40

Ira's Snowies!

Ira Marder, a long-time Seatuck volunteer and an accomplished nature & wildlife photographer, recently passed along a few fantastic photos he took of snowy owls this winter out at Cupsogue Beach County Park in West Hampton. They're such spectacular birds - every one is more beautiful than the next! It prompted to me to re-post (below) a column I recently wrote about what a great year it's been for snowy owls on Long Island, and thoughout the east coast. The column was originally printed in the Great South Bay Magazine. Thanks for the stunning photos, Ira. Keep 'em coming!  -…
Monday, 03 February 2014 21:47

Making it Through Winter

  As a rule, I like winter. I enjoy the brisk air and the stark beauty of the season. And I still get excited about a good snowstorm. But every rule has its exception, and I'll admit, this winter is starting to get old. Even 'm already looking forward to spring. Still, whenever I get the urge to complain as I'm bundling up against single-digit temperatures or digging out from the latest snowstorm, I think about our wildlife neighbors. If they can tough it out, then so can I, right? But how do Long Island wildlife get through deep cold…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 20:11

Deer Flies!

While ticks and mosquitos are certainly insect-public-enemies #1 and #2 on Long Island (depending on the vector-borne disease news of the day), there is another pesky (but, thankfully, less dangerous) insect that, for those that know it, is the subject of similar ire: the deer fly. Anyone who has visited the Scully Estate during the heart of summer knows them too well. When they're at their peak, the deer flies literally create a swarm around your car by the time you reach the parking lot at the Environental Center. It's an intimidating sight, enough to sometimes keep people in their…
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