By John Filippelli
When a female humpback whale was found washed up in Long Beach, NY in May – apparently hit by a boat – concerns for the species again rose to the forefront for regional marine experts. “It is great to see these animals, but we also have to be aware and understand there are threats to them as well. We have to understand how we can affect them adversely,” says Robert A. DiGiovanni Jr., chief scientist for Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) in Hampton Bays, NY.
Written by Mindy Block
Over several years, I've been transforming my front yard into a park setting that benefits bees, butterflies, birds, and wildlife. It's called mindful conservation. Learn more at the 2018 Port Jefferson Farmers Market where Quality Parks is attending as a vendor.
It's been a real challenge to balance the clean cut look with the natural look. As my lawn transforms to open space, unexpected weeds, tree seedlings, and itinerant natives fill in the gaps between the natives I planted last year. That's called succession by ecologists, and must be incorporated into the new look as much as the plantings of prior years.
Originally written: 9/10/2017 with the latest news in the first paragraph.
Written by Mindy Block
Governor Cuomo has asked the Department of Health to establish a new working group to consider policy changes, one of which is tick control methods on state public lands . Unless Suffolk County Department of Health declares tick bites to be an imminent threat SC parklands will be left out of Governor Cuomo's tick bite prevention efforts.
For two years, Quality Parks requested access to the Pine Barrens Trail Center by filing permits two weeks prior to our events. For 2018, there's three of us requesting key access instead. It's a more efficient stop gap measure until such time as there are more resources to keep the building regularly open by SC Park Staff or by contract.
Why this key request? Let me give you an example. Quality Parks is working on an invasive species removal project in a nearby Suffolk County Park. While we're out in the field, the building gets closed. Before and after the event, we pick up tools, use the bathroom, plan next events, and have lunch. Why spend money on SC staff to babysit the building while we are out in the field? We can also work with the community to show them the trail center as opportunities arise
Just around the time Facebook was being scrutinized for it's privacy practices, I went online in search of a virtual tool that offered a 24/7 virtual meeting space. Slack seemed to fit the bill, so I installed it, invited the team, and . . . waited.
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