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Long Island Diamondback Terrapin Monitoring Workshop

The Peconic Estuary Partnership, Seatuck Environmental Association, and Dr. Russell Burke of the Jamaica Bay Terrapin Project of Hofstra University hosted a virtual terrapin monitoring workshop where attendees learned about the importance of monitoring and how to identify terrapins and evidence of their activity. The workshop concluded with the unveiling of Seatuck’s Diamondback Terrapin Watch, which is an online survey […]

By Lauren Scheer

Native Plant Gardening For Better Water Quality

Watch our May 2020 Citizens’ Advisory Committee Meeting co-hosted with Group for the East End, with guest speaker Rusty Schmidt, President of Long Island Native Plant Initiative (LINPI). Learn all about native plant species, where you can buy native plants, and how to get started on your garden. Native plants do not require fertilizer or […]

By Lauren Scheer

PEP Offices Closed & In-Person Activities Postponed

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the PEP offices are closed and all in-person meetings, events and activities are postponed until further notice to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. PEP staff are working remotely and can be contacted via email. As always, we will continue to share information about the Peconic Estuary through our […]

By The Peconic Estuary Partnership

Announcing a new name! Peconic Estuary Program is now Peconic Estuary Partnership

2020 brings exciting news for the Peconic Estuary Program – a new name that better reflects the program and a soon-to-be launched revised Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan that includes fresh goals and actions for the next decade. As a National Estuary Program, the PEP brings together all members of the community – Federal, State and […]

By Lauren Scheer

Peconic Bay Scallop Adult Population Die-Off

November 8th, 2019 PECONIC BAY SCALLOP ADULT POPULATION DIE-OFF During the past week, we have received inquiries regarding the current situation of Peconic Bay Scallops in our waters. We at the Peconic Estuary Program are deeply saddened by the scallop die-off that has transpired in the Peconic Bays. We have been aware of this situation […]

By The Peconic Estuary Partnership

Terrapin Monitoring – My Experience as a Peconic Estuary Program Intern

By Kaitlin Morris In addition to monitoring horseshoe crabs in the middle of the night (see my other blog post), I also monitored nesting diamondback terrapins during the day! The diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) is easily distinguished by the diamond-shaped, concentric rings on its shell. This turtle species spends its entire lifecycle in the brackish […]

By Kaitlin Morris

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