Calling All Citizen Scientists!
Seatuck is actively involved in various wildlife surveys and other "citizen science" projects. Some are Seatuck-initiated efforts to gather baseline wildlife information about the Scully Estate and other properties; others are regional, statewide or nationwide programs in which Seatuck participates, assuming responsibility for a certain location or region on Long Island. These include the annual Captree Christmas Bird Count and the NY DEC Waterfowl Survey, among others. Volunteers are invited to participate - no experience is necessary. Many of these projects are suitable for incorporating educational components and can include class or private group participation.
• River Herring Survey - The 2019 Long Island Volunteer River Herring Survey runs from March 15 to May 15. Surveyors needed to watch Long Island tributaries for migrating river herring. More information here.
• Horseshoe Crab Survey - Horseshoe Crab season arrives with the full/new moons of May and June. Seatuck will once again be conducting the NYSDEC survey at Captree State Park. Watch here for survey dates.
• Batmap Long Island - Project engages volunteers to record observations of bats across Long Island. Information will be used to help identify important feeding, roosting and perhaps overwintering sites. More information here.
• Terrapin Watch - Seatuck and our partners on the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group are seeking information from volunteer citizen scientists about Diamondback Terrapin nesting sites across Long Island, as well as potentially dangerous road crossing. More information here.