East End Eco-Ventures

Join us to explore the east end of Long Island through nature-based outdoor adventures and educational activities.


Upcoming Paddle in August and September

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Wednesday,  August 17, 2016
6:30 pm – 9 pm
We’ll meet at the Northwest Creek access at the end of Northwest Landing Road for a short paddle on Northwest Harbor to a picnic spot (BYO picnic), catch the sunset and moonrise, and return by moonlight. Bring a flashlight and dress for a cool evening on the water. Leader: Mike Bottini (mike@peconic.org).
Sponsored by the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. Free if you have your own boat. Contact Mike if you need to rent a kayak or SUP.

Coastal Processes at Napeague Harbor
Sunday  August  21
9 am – 11 am
On this nature paddle we will visit a flood tide delta and the site of an old inlet and learn how natural coastal processes and human activities have shaped this harbor’s shoreline.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Free for SOFO members; $10 for non-members. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.

Georgica Pond Monarch Butterfly Watch
Saturday  September 17
9 am – 11 am
Enjoy this annual paddle on Georgica Pond down to the ocean beach during the peak of the Monarch Butterfly migration. Learn the details of the Monarch’s amazing journey, along with current conservation issues facing this beautiful insect.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Free for SOFO members; $10 for non-members. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
NOTE: contingent on results of September water testing.


2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp

2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp Registration is still open!

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This unique program combines marine and beach ecology, wildlife tracking, water safety and paddling skills on the East End.  Students (ages 9-15) will explore the flora and fauna of the beach and marine environments using snorkel gear, seines, kayaks, and standup paddleboards.  The course will also cover water safety, reading ocean currents and rip tides, as well as ocean swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing.

Led by Ocean-Certified Lifeguards and Wildlife Biologists
Mike Bottini  & Juliana Duryea

Session 1:  July 25–28 (4 classes; rain date July 29Description: hulimacphotos:EEEV Photos/Cards:OtterHeadSketch#1.jpg)
Session 2:  August 8–11 (4 classes; rain date August 12)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Locations: Georgica Beach (East Hampton Village) and Northwest Creek, East Hampton.
Fee Per Session (includes all equipment): $400 per camper; $360 for LINO members

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER at longislandnature.org

More information and great photos of past camps available here.


Permaculture – Ecological Practices for Our Future

WHEN: Sat, Jun 18, 2016  from 10:00-11:30 AM

WHERE:Quail Hill Farm – Deep Lane, Amagansett
Similar to acknowledging a whole-body approach to medicine, there is a whole-systems approach to our interaction with the environment, called “permaculture.” Join the Peconic Land Trust at Quail Hill Farm to meet permaculture practitioners Katrina Siladi and Juliana Duryea as they discuss this important perspective and explain steps you can take to implement sustainable and ecological practices into your daily living. Program is FREE – please bring a blanket or folding chair and meet in the orchard. Parking along Deep Lane.
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Wildlife Track and Sign Workshop – May 14, 2016

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Trackers investigate the small trail of a diamondback terrapin hatchling. 

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Larger turtle track lacking a drag mark of the plastron – likely a snapping turtle.

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A diamond back terrapin hatchling made an appearance. 

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Shorebird tracks of a willet, showing partial webbing between toes 3 and 4.

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Measuring the willet track length – not including the 1st toe.


2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp Registration

2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp Registration is open!

Early registration discount available until May 1. 

This unique program combines marine and beach ecology, wildlife tracking, water safety and paddling skills on the East End.  Students (ages 9-15) will explore the flora and fauna of the beach and marine environments using snorkel gear, seines, kayaks, and standup paddleboards.  The course will also cover water safety, reading ocean currents and rip tides, as well as ocean swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing.

Led by Ocean-Certified Lifeguards and Wildlife Biologists
Mike Bottini  & Juliana Duryea

Session 1:  July 25–28 (4 classes; rain date July 29Description: hulimacphotos:EEEV Photos/Cards:OtterHeadSketch#1.jpg)
Session 2:  August 8–11 (4 classes; rain date August 12)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Locations: Georgica Beach (East Hampton Village) and Northwest Creek, East Hampton.
Fee Per Session (includes all equipment): $400 per camper; $360 for LINO members; $340 for registrations received before May 1.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

More information and great photos of past camps available here.

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Reading Wildlife Track and Sign Workshop

Reading Wildlife Track and Sign Workshop

Saturday    May 14, 2016      9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Instructors: Mike Bottini, Juliana Duryea, Callie Velmachos.
Location: Sagaponack – Sag Harbor area.
Fee: $40 ($36 for LINO members).

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AT www.longislandnature.org

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The Red Fox’s typical hunting gait: direct register trot.

This field workshop is designed for naturalists, environmental and outdoor educators, amateur trackers and citizen scientists, professional biologists, and students (minimum age of 16) seeking to increase their wildlife tracking and observation skills, and sign knowledge.

We will visit three different sites in the Long Pond Greenbelt area, including a pond shoreline, beach, and a river otter latrine site.

Topics that will be covered include:

– how to examine tracks (habitat, trail patterns, print details)

– understanding gaits

– distinguishing various feeding and marking sign

– identifying scat and tracks of over dozen wildlife species.

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The Raccoon’s overstep walk track pattern.

For more information or questions contact Mike Bottini at mike@mikebottini.com or 631-267-5228.

SUP offers a great vantage point to spot wildlife beneath the surface of the water.


2016 Nature Paddle Schedule

Alewives and other Signs of Spring
Saturday  April 23, 2016
10 am – noon
Big Fresh Pond, Southampton

Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
We will look for evidence of the spring alewife run and other signs of spring as we circumnavigate this picturesque freshwater pond, one of the largest on Long Island.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.

Signs of Spring on the Peconic River
Sunday  May 15, 2016
9:00 am – 1 pm.Join wildlife biologist Mike Bottini on this 5 mile nature paddle along the most scenic portion of Long Island’s longest river, the Peconic, from Connecticut Avenue to Mill Road. Along the way we’ll also be looking for signs of River Otters, which made a big comeback on eastern Long Island in the past two years. Bring a snack.
Paddlecraft rentals available through Mike (e-mail mike@peconic.org or call 631-267-5228): canoe ($60); single kayak ($40); tandem kayak ($60); SUP ($50). Includes lifejacket.

Meet at the Connecticut Avenue access. Rte. 24 west, left onto River Road, left onto CT. Ave.  (p. 47 of Mike’s Paddling Guide).

Searching for Horseshoe Crabs
Saturday May 21, 2016
9 am – 11 am
Maidstone Park, Springs
We will catch the new moon high tide and paddle over to Goose Creek in search of the ancient and interesting Horseshoe Crab, which should be visible laying eggs during the late morning high tide. We will discuss current conservation concerns related to Horseshoe Crabs, their important ecological role in the ecosystem, and some of their unique features for life in the estuary.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
Sagg Pond Full Moon Paddle and Picnic
Friday   June 17, 2016
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust. Bring your picnic and join us for a relaxing 1-mile paddle across Sagg Pond, led by wildlife biologist Mike Bottini. Enjoy the natural beauty of conserved farms and pristine wetlands, protected with the help of the Peconic Land Trust as we paddle across to the beach, pull up the boats, and enjoy our picnic as the moon rises overhead. View and learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna of the area from Mike along with the conservation work accomplished by the Trust from our South Fork Stewardship Manager, Matt, and then paddle back by the light of the full moon.
Limited space available, pre-paid registration required.   Rentals: single kayak $50, stand-up paddleboard $60, or double kayak or canoe $70.  Bring your own kayak or canoe for $10 per person.  Don’t forget your binoculars for birding. Rain cancels. Call 
For reservations, please contact the Trust at 631-283-3195 x 19 or e-mail Events@PeconicLandTrust.org 

Diamonds in the Estuary
Saturday June 25, 2016
9 am – 11 am
Northwest Creek, East Hampton
June is nesting time for our native turtles, including our saltwater turtle that is adapted to living in the lower salinity waters of the estuary: the Diamandback Terrapin. We will paddle the shoreline of Northwest Creek and in search of these handsome turtles, look for evidence of their nests on shore, and discuss current conservation efforts to protect this species. We will also look for sign of the River Otters that moved into the creek in 2015.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
Accabonac Osprey Nesting Survey
Sunday  July 10
9 am – 11 am
During this nature paddle through scenic Acabonac harbor we will survey its Osprey nests to determine how many were occupied this breeding season and how many young were successfully reared. Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
Full Moon Paddle and Picnic
Tuesday  July 19, 2016
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
We’ll meet at the beach/water access on Lazy Point Road (south of Lazy Point itself) for a short (one mile) paddle to Goff Point for a BYO picnic, catch the sunset and moonrise, and return by moonlight. Bring a flashlight and dress for a cool evening on the water. Leader: Mike Bottini 631-267-5228.
Contact Mike if you need to rent a kayak or SUP.
Sunset Picnic Paddle
Wednesday,  August 17, 2016
6:30 pm – 9 pm
We’ll meet at the Northwest Creek access at the end of Northwest Landing Road for a short paddle on Northwest Harbor to a picnic spot (BYO picnic), catch the sunset and moonrise, and return by moonlight. Bring a flashlight and dress for a cool evening on the water. Leader: Mike Bottini (mike@peconic.org).
Contact Mike if you need to rent a kayak or SUP.
Coastal Processes at Napeague Harbor
Sunday  August  21
9 am – 11 am
On this nature paddle we will visit a flood tide delta and the site of an old inlet and learn how natural coastal processes and human activities have shaped this harbor’s shoreline.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
Georgica Pond Monarch Butterfly Watch
Saturday  September17
9 am – 11 am
Enjoy this annual paddle on Georgica Pond down to the ocean beach during the peak of the Monarch Butterfly migration. Learn the details of the Monarch’s amazing journey, along with current conservation issues facing this beautiful insect.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.


Calling all Naturalists! Long Island Natural History Conference: March 18-19, 2016

Registration is open for our 4th Long Island Natural History Conference to be held on March 18 & 19, 2016 at Brookhaven National Lab. Meet fellow naturalists, wildlife biologists, natural resource managers, environmental advocates and educators working to conserve, protect and restore Long Island’s natural resources. Registration is just $40 for the entire conference. Register at http://www.longislandnature.org

Schedule of speakers and topics below. Hope to see you there!

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Some Winter Tracking

 

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We trailed a pair of red foxes to this fresh deer carcass (which had a fractured femur – most likely hit by a car). Delicately placed on top of the hind quarters of the deer was this fresh scat, perhaps the red fox’s claim to its food source.

 

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While trailing these foxes, we found several scent marks (confirmed as they have an unmistakably skunky, wild canine smell) as well as several dens (one of which will be used to raise their young during the next few months). The photo above depicts a possible sit spot where this individual fox (the smaller of the two) may have stopped to preen itself and/or be still and observe it’s surroundings.

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The deer carcass shown above also had a raptor feeding on it. This red-tailed hawk print is one of many tracks directly surrounding the site.

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Front (top) and hind (bottom) prints of  one of our most ancient species: the Virginia opossum.

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This trail was confirmation of a suspected inhabitant we documented several days before: the southern flying squirrel. Notice the landing spot (bottom) then bounds toward the base of the tree where it likely climbed back up into the canopy.

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This small rodent track in a bounding pattern, most likely a vole or mouse, was found meandering around the base of trees and in and out of small shrubs and holes in the snow.

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Here is where the same rodent trotted down a small snow drift adjacent to a tree.

 

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