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Good Things Come in Small Packages

By Christine Tylee (Stewardship Coordinator) Growing up, I was always the smallest kid in the class.  When we would line up to leave the room, I knew it was back of the line for me.  Some may think size indicates your strength and significance.  I mean, look at bison, lions, elephants and gorillas- they sure… Read more >

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Bald Eagles on Shelter Island

By Leah Santacroce (Group for the East End intern) Bald Eagles have long been a symbol of freedom in America, but finding a safe place to nest has been a struggle for these great birds. The eagles are accustomed to large, unpopulated, coastal wetland areas and are sensitive to human activity. Consequently, Bald Eagles are… Read more >

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March: The Month For Groundhog Days

Yes, I know. Groundhog Day is not in March. According to the calendar, Groundhog Day falls on February 2nd each year. Initially a European tradition involving such hibernating mammals as hedgehogs and badgers, the custom coincides with the Christian holiday, Candlemas Day, which comes midway between the Winter Solstice and Spring Equinox. You’re probably familiar… Read more >

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Long Island Natural History Conference

by Christine Tylee Have you ever walked into a room filled with people whose love for the environment and drive to gain more knowledge of its inhabitants was equivalent to yours? Well, I did!  On Friday, December 6th, over 250 people with this love gathered at the 2nd Annual Natural History Conference at the Brookhaven… Read more >

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A (Particularly Busy) Day in the Life of Group Education

Group educators keep busy throughout the year with a varied collection of worthwhile activities and programs. We teach classroom lessons and field trips, coordinate habitat restoration projects and beach cleanups, conduct week-long field ecology sessions in the summer and winter, lead indoor and outdoor community explorations, and prepare education newsletters and blog articles. This past… Read more >

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Soaring Scavengers

About six years ago, I saw my first Turkey Vulture soaring above the Long Island Pine Barrens.  I remember standing in a coppice of dwarf pitch pines, chin up, mesmerized by how easily these large birds moved with the air currents.  Like a surfer catching the perfect wave, the vulture glided effortlessly through the sky. … Read more >

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