Calling All Citizen Scientists!
Seatuck manages and participates in a range of wildlife surveys and other "citizen science" projects throughout the year. Some are Seatuck-initiated efforts to gather baseline wildlife information about wildlife on Long Island; others are regional, statewide or nationwide programs in which Seatuck participates, assuming responsibility for a certain location or region on Long Island.
• American Chestnut Project - Seatuck, which represents the American Chestnut Foundation on Long Island, organizes an annual effort to pollinate American Chestnut trees, collect nuts and grow saplings - all in an effort to keep the local stock of trees going while scientists search for a solution to the blight that nearly wiped out American Chestnuts a century ago (more information here). Volunteers are needed for all aspects of the program, including searching for new viable adult trees.
• 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.