Airing tomorrow on Water Matters is a presentation by and interview of Enrico Nardone, Executive Director of The Seatuck Environmental Association. I have a great fondness for Seatuck. They do great work as environmental educators and advocates. If you haven’t visited them at their three locations, The Suffolk County Nature Center, (The Scully Estate, 550 Bayview Avenue in East Islip), the neighboring South Shore Nature Center, or at The Sherwood-Jayne Farm in East Setauket, where they run a natural history education program, you really should. Its a great county resource that in a sense opens up a window into the beauty of Long Island’s natural past while offering us a vision as to what Long Island could be again, if we act as good stewards of our natural heritage. The next great opportunity to visit Seatuck is their Eco-Carnival, April 16th from 11-4. Details are on their site.
On this program, Enrico will discuss Seatuck’s efforts to return migratory fish to Long Island — the alewife, the river herring, the brook trout, the eels — so that all the many creatures that feed on them — ospreys, seal, cod, bluefish, whales, gulls, and various other large fish and birds of prey — may in turn thrive.
Crucial to returning these migratory fish to Long Island in any abundance is clearing the way for them. There is hardly a stream, creek or river on Long Island that isn’t blocked by dams, spillways, and culverts, and, it goes without saying, most of our waters are in desperate shape. Seatuck has been actively putting in place fish ladders where it can, and is a strong advocate for The Great South Bay’s many creatures — The Least Tern, the horseshoe crab, and the diamondback terrapin to name a few.
So please ‘tune in’ Friday, April 8th at 12:30 to Water Matters to see Episode 6. You can also view Episodes 1-5 at this link; We are building quite a library, interviewing Long Island’s top environmental experts as they each offer their views as to what our challenges are, and how we can address them so that Long Island’s natural beauty, its waters, can be revived and preserved for generations to come.
On Water Matters, we take an optimistic view: We know scientifically what we need to do. We know, practically speaking, that these things are very much worth doing. So much of the value of Long Island is tied up in the health of its environment. Let us fix what we broke, restore what habitats we can, and Long Island will prosper from that.