East End Eco-Ventures

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

Spring Nature Paddle Schedule

Signs of Spring on the Peconic

Saturday, May 9, 9:30am – 12:00pm

South River Road, Riverhead

Let’s explore the beautiful Peconic River, one of New York’s “Wild and Scenic Recreational Rivers,” with wildlife biologist Mike Bottini. Mike will guide us on this 2.5-mile nature paddle to explore the most scenic portion of Long Island’s longest river, stretching from Connecticut Avenue to Peconic Lake.

Meet at the NYSDEC access point on Peconic Lake, off South River Road and we’ll carpool to the launch site. Limited space available, pre-paid registration required.For reservations, information, and directions for events and activities please contact the Trust at: 631.283.3195 ext. 19 Rentals: single kayak $50, stand-up paddleboard $60, or double kayak or canoe $70. Bring your own kayak or canoe for $10 per person. Rain cancels. For reservations, information, and directions for events and activities please contact the Trust at: 631.283.3195 ext. 19

Searching for Horseshoe Crabs

Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9am – 11am

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 mid-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 SUP rentals available.

Meet on the harbor side of Maidstone Park, in the northeast corner of Three Mile Harbor.

Montauk Spring Weekend

Friday, June 5, 2015 @3:00pm

to Sunday, June 7, 2015 @4:00pm

Trip leaders: Mike Bottini, Mickey Maxwell Cohen and Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society.

With our friends at NYC Audubon, join us for a great natural history weekend at the luxurious Montauk Manor House. Visit the “Walking Dunes” (cranberry & orchid bogs), Lighthouse Beach (tidal pools), Camp Hero Bluffs, Point O’Woods Walk and Big Reed Pond. See nesting pine and prairie warblers, bank swallows, screech owls, Baltimore orioles and enjoy the beautiful beaches.

Trip Cost: $395.00 per person, double occupancy. $120 extra for single occupancy (total $515.00). If you would like us to match you with another same sex attendee for the double occupancy room rate, please contact us.

Price includes 2 nights at the stately Montauk Manor House (with heated pool and jacuzzi), 5 meals, 5 guided hikes and 2 evening programs. Plus free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk and optional paddleboarding/kayak trip.

For information or to make a reservation call our Northeast Chapter Office at (718) 474-0896; email donriepe@gmail.com; or visit https://spring-montaukweekend.eventbrite.com.

Diamonds in the Estuary

Saturday June 20, 2015, 9am – 11am

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.

Kayak, canoe and SUP rentals available.

Meet at the end of Northwest Landing Road.

Saturday, June 20, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Father’s Day Scallop Pond Paddle

Sebonac Inlet Road, Southampton

Please join us for a nature paddle, led by wildlife biologist Mike Bottini, through the pristinely beautiful Sebonac Creek-Scallop Pond estuary, conserved with the help of the Peconic Land Trust. We’ll explore the wetlands, marshland and waterways looking for wildlife, and may even see female diamondback terrapins laying eggs in the area.

Limited space available, pre-paid registration required.For reservations, information, and directions for events and activities please contact the Trust at: 631.283.3195 ext. 19 Rentals: single kayak $50, stand-up paddleboard $60, or double kayak or canoe $70. Bring your own kayak or canoe for $10 per person. Rain cancels.

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