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Apr
18
Wed
NYSDEC Public Shellfish Hatchery Engineering Analysis Grants
Apr 18 @ 8:00 am – May 9 @ 2:00 pm

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is pleased to announce funding for projects that will implement public shellfish hatchery expansion projects to improve Long Island’s coastal water quality and bolster the economies and resiliency of coastal communities by restoring native shellfish populations to coastal waters. Approximately $400,000 of the total funding will be available for hatchery engineering analysis grants within Suffolk and Nassau counties. Applications are due May 9th at 2:00 pm.

Grant Application is linked here.

Apr
26
Thu
Hands On Soil Workshop @ Cornell Cooperative Extension of Nassau County
Apr 26 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will provide information on soils and how they impact the environment, as well as hands on soil activities.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Participants will also receive of copy of a brand new soil manual developed for this program.  Registration is limited to 50 people.  Contact Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero at 516-565-5265 x14 for more information.

Apr
28
Sat
Southampton S.T.O.P. Collection Day @ North Sea Transfer Station
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The town of Southampton will be holding a S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) collection Saturday April 28th from 9am– 2pm at the North Sea Transfer Station at 1370 Major’s Path. Drop off your household pollutants, lawn and garden products, automotive fluids, and pool chemicals for proper disposal instead of throwing them away. A list of acceptable items for drop-off may be found here: http://www.southamptontownny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/2863

May
1
Tue
Hands On Soil Workshop @ Clark Botanic Garden
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This workshop will provide information on soils and how they impact the environment, as well as hands on soil activities.  Light refreshments will be provided.  Participants will also receive of copy of a brand new soil manual developed for this program.  Registration is limited to 50 people.  Contact Bonnie Klein at 516-869-7637 for more information.

May
5
Sat
Shelter Island S.T.O.P. Collection Day @ Shelter Island Recycling Center
May 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The town of Shelter Island will be holding S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) collection days on the first Saturday of every month from 9am– 1pm at the Shelter Island Recycling Center on North Menantic Road. Drop off your household pollutants, electronic waste, prescribed and over-the-counter medication for proper disposal instead of throwing them away. A list of acceptable items for drop-off may be found here:

https://toh.li/sanitation-department/stop-throwing-out-pollutants

Native Plant Workshop @ Big Duck Flanders
May 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join us at the Big Duck for a native plant workshop, where you can learn about the benefits of native plants and how to make your yard eco-friendly. We will be weeding, mulching, and planting, so please wear clothes and shoes that can get dirty.  Some gardening gloves and tools will be provided, but we encourage others to bring their own. Please register by e-mailing peptalk@peconicestuary.org so we know you’ll be there!

May
10
Thu
Citizen’s Advisory Committee Meeting @ South Fork Natural History Museum
May 10 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join the Peconic Estuary Program’s Citizen’s Advisory Committee for our second meeting this year.  Guest speaker Dr. Alison Branco from The Nature Conservancy will be speaking about climate change.  We hope to see both returning and new CAC members there!

May
12
Sat
Riverhead S.T.O.P. Collection Day @ Riverhead Highway Yard
May 12 @ 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

The town of Riverhead will be holding a S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) collection Saturday May 12th from 8am– 3pm at the Riverhead Highway Yard on Osborn Avenue. Riverhead residents can drop off household pollutants, electronic waste, prescribed and over-the-counter medication for proper disposal instead of throwing them away. A list of acceptable items for drop-off may be found here:

http://www.townofriverheadny.gov/docview.aspx?docid=31302

Peconic Riverfront Walking Tour & Rain Garden Planting @ Peconic Riverfront Park
May 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come along with the PEP team for a short tour of some of our ongoing projects.  This easy, guided tour will showcase our fish ladder at Grangebel Park, fishing line recycling stations, and our rain garden.  Then you’ll have the opportunity to help us put new native plants into our garden.  We’ll be meeting in the parking lot on Heidi Behr Way.  This event is free, but please register in advance by e-mailing peptalk@peconicestuary.org.

May
13
Sun
Horseshoe Crab Monitoring @ Squires Pond
May 13 @ 10:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Join Peconic Estuary Program on one of our horseshoe crab surveys at Squires Pond! This is a fun, family-friendly way to learn hands-on about horseshoe crabs.  No experience necessary!  Volunteers will meet at 10:00pm at the end of Squires Pond Road.  We will be wading through some areas and it will be cold, so bundle up! Waders are recommended but not necessary, as rain boots will do. We also recommend bringing a head lamp or flash light.

There are volunteer forms to fill out ahead of time on the NY Horseshoe Crab website: nyhorseshoecrab.org
Go to “Sites” and then click on the Squires Pond, Hampton Bays location where you will find the waiver form and volunteer agreement.

Let us know you’ll be there by RSVPing to peptalk@peconicestuary.org

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