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

unnamedSunset 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).
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 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.


Adventure Paddle to Cartwright Island

Saturday  September 19, 2015   (9 am – noon)
This five mile round trip paddle is for experienced paddlers only. We’ll cross Gardiners Bay to the south end of Cartwright Island and explore the scenic and wildlife-rich shoals north towards Gardiners Island. A magical area!

$30 per person.
Registration required: contact Mike (631-267-5228 or mike@peconic.org).


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CONTACT US TO PLAN YOUR OWN NATURE PADDLE OR HIKE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.

Sag Harbor’s Coves

Thursday  August 13, 2015

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us as we explore the back coves of historic Sag Harbor. This is the sixth in a series of Thursday evening paddles sponsored by Southampton Town Recreation. Rentals available ($40/single kayak; $60/ tandem; $50/SUP). Call 631-728-8585 for directions and to register.

 

Accabonac Harbor 

Saturday  August 15, 2015

9 am – 11 am

A leisurely paddle through one of Long Island’s most scenic waterways. Call Mike for kayak and SUP rentals (631-267-5228). Meet at Landing Lane off Old Stone Highway.

 

Open Water Ocean Swim Challenge

Saturday  August 15, 2015

5 pm start!

Challenge yourself to one of three distances: half mile, mile and 5K. BBQ to follow. Sponsored by East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue with proceeds to benefit the Amagansett Lifesaving Station. Meet at Atlantic Avenue Beach, Amagansett. Register at http://www.active.com or at the event.

 

Noyac Creek and Jessups Neck Paddle

Thursday  August 20, 2015

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us as we explore the back coves of historic Sag Harbor. This is the sixth in a series of Thursday evening paddles sponsored by Southampton Town Recreation. Rentals available ($40/single kayak; $60/ tandem; $50/SUP). Call 631-728-8585 for directions and to register.

 

Goose Creek Nature Paddle

Sunday  September 6, 2015

8 am – 10 am

A fun and challenging paddle through Goose Creek’s salt marsh labyrinth at low tide. Stunning scenery and lots of wildlife viewing opportunities. Kayak and SUP rentals available through Mike (631-267-5228). Meet at the south side (harbor side) of the Three Mile Harbor inlet at Maidstone Park, Springs.


Join Us on an Upcoming Nature Paddle!

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Goose Creek Nature Paddle
Saturday  August 1, 2015
9 am – 11 am
Join wildlife biologist Mike Bottini on a nature paddle through the Goose Creek maze in Three Mile Harbor to learn about the two keystone species of the salt marsh – the fiddler crab and the ribbed mussel – and they role that they play in the salt marsh ecosystem. Kayak and SUP rentals available.
Meet on the south (harbor) side of Maidstone Park, Springs.

Georgica Pond Paddle
Saturday  September 12, 2015
9 am – 11 am
2014 was not a good year for the Monarch butterfly; will 2015 be better? Join wildlife biologist Mike Bottini on a nature paddle on Georgica Pond to look for Monarch butterflies during the peak of their migration south.
Kayak and SUP rentals available.
Meet at the Rte. 27 (Montauk Highway) rest area east of the Wainscott Post Office.

 


July Paddle Schedule

THURSDAY EVENING NATURE PADDLES

(sponsored by Southampton Town Recreation)

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Fee per tour: Resident=$25     Non-Resident=$35 (with own kayak)

Rental: additional $40 for single kayak; $60 for tandem kayak; $50 for SUP.

Age: Youth ages 12+ & Adults (under 16 with an adult)

Registration is required: call 631-728-8585.

Directions to the locations will be given at sign-up

Join one or all eight tours and discover some of the flora and fauna of our local marshes, ponds and estuaries as we paddle these unique scenic waterways.  All trips are led by naturalist Mike Bottini author of “Exploring East End Waters: A Natural History and Paddling Guide” and are suitable for novice paddlers.

No first-timers please…participants should have some paddling experience.

July 2 – Long Pond, Bridgehampton

July 9 – Sebonac Creek, North Sea

July 23 – Sagg Pond, Sagaponack

July 30 – Mecox Bay, Scott Cameron Beach

August  6 – Georgica Pond, Wainscott

August 13 – Sag Harbor’s Coves

August 20 – Noyak Creek and Jessups Neck

August 27 – Little Northwest Creek, Sag Harbor

 

OSPREY CENSUS NATURE PADDLE IN BONAC CREEK

Saturday  July 11, 2015  9 am – 11 am

(sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society…call 631-537-9735 to register)

Join me on a nature paddle through scenic Accabonac Harbor where we will survey its Osprey nests to determine how many were occupied this breeding season and how many young were successfully reared. Kayak and SUP rentals available.

 

EVENING PADDLE ON ALEWIVE BROOK

Sunday  JULY 26, 2015 6:30-8:30 pm

(sponsored by East Hampton Trails Preservation Society)

We’ll take advantage of the tide and evening light to paddle scenic Alewive Brook in Cedar Point County Park, following the water route of a beaver that made this area its home in 2006, and otter that periodically visited. Learn about the current status of each of these semi-aquatic and unique creatures. Kayak and SUP rentals available (call Mike at 631-267-5228). Meet at the end of Alewive Brook Road.