One of Quality Parks citizen scientist volunteers reviewed the Browns River Tidal Wetlands Area which is listed as a park in the Town of Islip. We review the reviews and update our Long Parks knowledge base with their observations. During our review, we realized that this "park," actually borders a more extensive tidal wetland and that there are no interpretive signs to educate the public of its value, and the failure of government to protect this treasured wetland. Read more from the Suffolk County news article below:
"On the day of Christmas Eve, 2021, I sat quietly in the forested wetland located at the mouth of the Brown’s River in Sayville NY. For a chilly winter’s day, there was a remarkable amount of activity. I observed chickadees, Carolina wrens, juncos, cardinals, and blue jays flittering about, searching for seed heads from last year’s plant growth, or an insect hidden beneath the leaf litter. As I sat, the primal call of a great blue heron rang out across the forest, and gulls squawked noisily in the distance. A few moments later, a cooper’s hawk flew silently amongst the trees, gracefully dodging the tree trunks while searching for a meal. A recent dusting of snow added to the beauty and the sense of place was palpable. Unfortunately, this beautiful and wild corner of the Great South Bay ecosystem is slated for destruction. " - Another environmental treasure taken from the South Shore of Long Island due to the failure of local and state environmental policy.
Quality Parks role in posting this news, is to keep you informed about ongoing environmental concerns on Long Island.