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Program Volunteer Participation Opportunities:

Flax Pond Winter Lecture Series
When: Four Sundays, the last Sunday of January, February, March and April.

Help needed:

  • Three weeks prior: Marketing/ publicity-writing, design & distribution.
  • The Sunday of the lecture: Take attendance, set-up and clean-up of refreshments, assist guest scientists with set-up of lecture and equipment.

 Time commitment:

  • For marketing and publicity: approximately 2 hours setting up flyers/ press releases, advertising and/ or distribution of flyers to public places.
  • The day of the lecture: 2:30 pm to 5:00pm the day of the lecture.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

ALEWIFE MONITORING TRAINING
When: February (TBD), 2:00-4:00 PM
Where: Bates House at Frank Melville Memorial Park, 1 Bates Road, Setauket, NY

Join in the annual count of alewife, who try to swim upstream from Long Island Sound to spawn early each spring. Your volunteer efforts can help determine their numbers and document obstacles to their successful arrival at their spawning areas. Information on alewife monitoring can be found at Seatuck Environmental Association's website. After the training session, you will visit the nearby alewife migration site of Setauket Mill Pond.

If planning to attend click here to RSVP to Kelly Hines

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PERENNIAL PEPPERWEED PULL
When: March (TBD), 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM
Where: West Meadow Beach & Training at Melville Heritage Organization Educational and Cultural Center, 111 Main Street, Stony Brook Village.

Perennial Pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium) is a highly invasive plant from southeastern Europe and Asia that has been found at several locations along the shores of West Meadow Creek. It poses a serious threat by creating large, dense stands that displace native plants and thereby damage sensitive ecosystems. Volunteers will receive training to learn how to identify and control this invasive intruder and are invited to gain hands-on experience by viewing Pepperweed infestations and hand-pulling plants. The goal is to reduce and contain Pepperweed to prevent it from spreading, and eventually to eradicate it from the area. Please dress warmly and wear water-proof boots or old sneakers you don't mind getting wet. Bring work gloves. Conducted by Bill Jacobs, GEI Consultants, and Eileen Gerle, Environmental Educator, Town of Brookhaven.

Teens and older only, please.

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Migratory Bird Day
When: Second Saturday in May.

Help needed:                     

  • Three weeks prior: marketing/ publicity/ planning  writing, design & distribution  an planning of activities.
  • The day of the event: Assist with display and activities for children.

 Time commitment:

  • For planning of activities, marketing and publicity: approximately 2 hours setting up flyers/ press releases, advertising and/ or distribution of flyers to public places.
  • The day of the event: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm - two hours or more.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Beach Clean-ups
When:
April at West Meadow Beach (exact date to be announced)

May at Flax Pond (exact date to be announced)

Help needed:                      

  • One month prior: Marketing/ publicity- writing, design & distribution.
  • The day of the event: help pick-up or separate trash.

 Time commitment:

  • For marketing and publicity: approximately 2 hours setting up flyers/ press releases, advertising and/ or distribution of flyers to public places.
  • The day of the event: an hour or more of your time.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Horseshoe Crab Spawning and Tagging Survey
When: May through mid-June, high tide on the new and full moon (two days before and after and the day of)

Help needed:                      

  • Three weeks prior: Marketing/ publicity- writing, design & distribution.
  • The day of the event: meet with research team, count spawning horseshoe crabs, record data according to protocols.

 Time commitment:

  • For marketing and publicity: approximately 2 hours setting up flyers/ press releases, advertising and/ or distribution of flyers to public places.
  • The nights of the counts: meet at the assigned site, 2 to 2.5 hrs.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Diamondback Terrapin Nesting Survey
When: Sundays or Saturdays (to be determined), June through July, 9:00 am

Help needed:                      

  • One month prior: Marketing/ publicity- writing, design & distribution.
  • The days of the counts: Search assigned area of beach looking for turtles and predated nests, record data according to protocols.

 Time commitment:

  • For marketing and publicity: approximately 2 hours setting up flyers/ press releases, advertising and/ or distribution of flyers to public places.
  • The days of the counts: 1 to 2 hours.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.

Flax Pond Summer Research Institute
When: Monday through Friday the second or third week of July, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Help needed:                      

  • Two months: Marketing/ publicity- writing, design & distribution. 
  • The week of: Assist with research projects in Flax Pond and at West Meadow Beach.

 Time commitment:

  • For marketing and publicity: approximately 2 hours setting up flyers/ press releases, advertising and/ or distribution of flyers to public places.
  • The days of the Institute: 9:00 pm to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday.
CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP.