Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays


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Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary
Oct 19 all-day

A Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary will be held on October 19th, 2018 at various sites around the estuary.

“A Day in the Life” events are designed to celebrate local river and estuary ecosystems to educate students and involve them in citizen science to collect usable data. On a single day, environmental partners and students will simultaneously collect scientific information, analyze, and share the data to determine the health status of river and estuary ecosystems. Students will use hands-on field techniques to do a biological assessment that includes catching fish in nets, collecting water and invertebrate samples, and conducting biodiversity inventories of the flora and fauna in and around the ecosystems. Students will also examine the physical and chemical aspects of the river that include where freshwater and salty seawater meet, the amount of sediments in the water, and analyze the water chemistry, turbidity and oxygen levels.

The event is coordinated by the Central Pine Barrens Commission, Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Portal to Discovery, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and Suffolk County Water Authority. Many environmental groups, such as Trout Unlimited, Cornell Cooperative Extension, NY State Parks, USGS, Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Peconic Estuary Program, Group for the East End, Long Island Aquarium, Long Island Science Center, Sweetbriar Nature Center, Long Island Sound Study, NY Sea Grant, East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery, The Nature Conservancy, Girl Scouts of Suffolk County, the Brook trout Coalition, and the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Store, will be teamed with school classes to create a day-in-the-life status of these important ecosystems!

Click here to learn more about past and this year’s ADITL events!

Chasing Critters: Citizen Science with the Peconic Estuary Program at Moustache Brewery @ Moustache Brewery Co.
Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

We often rely on citizen participation to carry out vital research on the status of important local species. Two such projects are the Terrapin Monitoring and the Horseshoe Crab Monitoring projects. Every year we rely on interns and volunteers to assist in the implementation of these public monitoring programs. In the spring, Atlantic Horseshoe Crabs come to shore at night during high tide on the new and full moon to spawn. PEP hosts a site as part of the larger Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network at Squires Pond in Hampton Bays by counting mating pairs and tagging crabs as part of an effort to assess the status of their populations. Meanwhile, Diamondback Terrapin monitoring takes place in summer. This important marsh turtle is at critically low levels, and our research seeks to study their nesting activity and nest predation in the marshes on the East End.

PEP is excited to present at The Nature Talks, a special series of talks held at the brewery in collaboration with Christopher Paparo of Fish Guy Photos.

Noah’s on the Road will be in the house serving up tacos!

Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on, as well as some bug spray.

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