Duryea and Wild

Exploring where human and wild meet.


2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp Registration

2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp Registration is open!

Early registration discount available until May 1. 

This unique program combines marine and beach ecology, wildlife tracking, water safety and paddling skills on the East End.  Students (ages 9-15) will explore the flora and fauna of the beach and marine environments using snorkel gear, seines, kayaks, and standup paddleboards.  The course will also cover water safety, reading ocean currents and rip tides, as well as ocean swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing.

Led by Ocean-Certified Lifeguards and Wildlife Biologists
Mike Bottini  & Juliana Duryea

Session 1:  July 25–28 (4 classes; rain date July 29Description: hulimacphotos:EEEV Photos/Cards:OtterHeadSketch#1.jpg)
Session 2:  August 8–11 (4 classes; rain date August 12)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Locations: Georgica Beach (East Hampton Village) and Northwest Creek, East Hampton.
Fee Per Session (includes all equipment): $400 per camper; $360 for LINO members; $340 for registrations received before May 1.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

More information and great photos of past camps available here.


Reading Wildlife Track and Sign Workshop

Reading Wildlife Track and Sign Workshop

Saturday    May 14, 2016      9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Instructors: Mike Bottini, Juliana Duryea, Callie Velmachos.
Location: Sagaponack – Sag Harbor area.
Fee: $40 ($36 for LINO members).

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AT www.longislandnature.org

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The Red Fox’s typical hunting gait: direct register trot.

This field workshop is designed for naturalists, environmental and outdoor educators, amateur trackers and citizen scientists, professional biologists, and students (minimum age of 16) seeking to increase their wildlife tracking and observation skills, and sign knowledge.

We will visit three different sites in the Long Pond Greenbelt area, including a pond shoreline, beach, and a river otter latrine site.

Topics that will be covered include:

– how to examine tracks (habitat, trail patterns, print details)

– understanding gaits

– distinguishing various feeding and marking sign

– identifying scat and tracks of over dozen wildlife species.

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The Raccoon’s overstep walk track pattern.

For more information or questions contact Mike Bottini at mike@mikebottini.com or 631-267-5228.


2016 Nature Paddle Schedule

Alewives and other Signs of Spring
Saturday  April 23, 2016
10 am – noon
Big Fresh Pond, Southampton

Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
We will look for evidence of the spring alewife run and other signs of spring as we circumnavigate this picturesque freshwater pond, one of the largest on Long Island.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.

Signs of Spring on the Peconic River
Sunday  May 15, 2016
9:00 am – 1 pm.Join wildlife biologist Mike Bottini on this 5 mile nature paddle along the most scenic portion of Long Island’s longest river, the Peconic, from Connecticut Avenue to Mill Road. Along the way we’ll also be looking for signs of River Otters, which made a big comeback on eastern Long Island in the past two years. Bring a snack.
Paddlecraft rentals available through Mike (e-mail mike@peconic.org or call 631-267-5228): canoe ($60); single kayak ($40); tandem kayak ($60); SUP ($50). Includes lifejacket.

Meet at the Connecticut Avenue access. Rte. 24 west, left onto River Road, left onto CT. Ave.  (p. 47 of Mike’s Paddling Guide).

Searching for Horseshoe Crabs
Saturday May 21, 2016
9 am – 11 am
Maidstone Park, Springs
We will catch the new moon high tide and paddle over to Goose Creek in search of the ancient and interesting Horseshoe Crab, which should be visible laying eggs during the late morning high tide. We will discuss current conservation concerns related to Horseshoe Crabs, their important ecological role in the ecosystem, and some of their unique features for life in the estuary.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
Sagg Pond Full Moon Paddle and Picnic
Friday   June 17, 2016
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Sponsored by the Peconic Land Trust. Bring your picnic and join us for a relaxing 1-mile paddle across Sagg Pond, led by wildlife biologist Mike Bottini. Enjoy the natural beauty of conserved farms and pristine wetlands, protected with the help of the Peconic Land Trust as we paddle across to the beach, pull up the boats, and enjoy our picnic as the moon rises overhead. View and learn more about the beautiful flora and fauna of the area from Mike along with the conservation work accomplished by the Trust from our South Fork Stewardship Manager, Matt, and then paddle back by the light of the full moon.
Limited space available, pre-paid registration required.   Rentals: single kayak $50, stand-up paddleboard $60, or double kayak or canoe $70.  Bring your own kayak or canoe for $10 per person.  Don’t forget your binoculars for birding. Rain cancels. Call 
For reservations, please contact the Trust at 631-283-3195 x 19 or e-mail Events@PeconicLandTrust.org 

Diamonds in the Estuary
Saturday June 25, 2016
9 am – 11 am
Northwest Creek, East Hampton
June is nesting time for our native turtles, including our saltwater turtle that is adapted to living in the lower salinity waters of the estuary: the Diamandback Terrapin. We will paddle the shoreline of Northwest Creek and in search of these handsome turtles, look for evidence of their nests on shore, and discuss current conservation efforts to protect this species. We will also look for sign of the River Otters that moved into the creek in 2015.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
Accabonac Osprey Nesting Survey
Sunday  July 10
9 am – 11 am
During this nature paddle through scenic Acabonac harbor we will survey its Osprey nests to determine how many were occupied this breeding season and how many young were successfully reared. Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
Full Moon Paddle and Picnic
Tuesday  July 19, 2016
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
We’ll meet at the beach/water access on Lazy Point Road (south of Lazy Point itself) for a short (one mile) paddle to Goff Point for a BYO picnic, catch the sunset and moonrise, and return by moonlight. Bring a flashlight and dress for a cool evening on the water. Leader: Mike Bottini 631-267-5228.
Contact Mike if you need to rent a kayak or SUP.
Sunset Picnic Paddle
Wednesday,  August 17, 2016
6:30 pm – 9 pm
We’ll meet at the Northwest Creek access at the end of Northwest Landing Road for a short paddle on Northwest Harbor to a picnic spot (BYO picnic), catch the sunset and moonrise, and return by moonlight. Bring a flashlight and dress for a cool evening on the water. Leader: Mike Bottini (mike@peconic.org).
Contact Mike if you need to rent a kayak or SUP.
Coastal Processes at Napeague Harbor
Sunday  August  21
9 am – 11 am
On this nature paddle we will visit a flood tide delta and the site of an old inlet and learn how natural coastal processes and human activities have shaped this harbor’s shoreline.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.
Georgica Pond Monarch Butterfly Watch
Saturday  September17
9 am – 11 am
Enjoy this annual paddle on Georgica Pond down to the ocean beach during the peak of the Monarch Butterfly migration. Learn the details of the Monarch’s amazing journey, along with current conservation issues facing this beautiful insect.
Kayak, canoe and standup paddleboards available to rent.
Sponsored by South Fork Natural History Society. Advance registration required: call the South Fork Natural History Museum 631-537-9735 to make a reservation.


Calling all Naturalists! Long Island Natural History Conference: March 18-19, 2016

Registration is open for our 4th Long Island Natural History Conference to be held on March 18 & 19, 2016 at Brookhaven National Lab. Meet fellow naturalists, wildlife biologists, natural resource managers, environmental advocates and educators working to conserve, protect and restore Long Island’s natural resources. Registration is just $40 for the entire conference. Register at http://www.longislandnature.org

Schedule of speakers and topics below. Hope to see you there!

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Some Winter Tracking

 

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We trailed a pair of red foxes to this fresh deer carcass (which had a fractured femur – most likely hit by a car). Delicately placed on top of the hind quarters of the deer was this fresh scat, perhaps the red fox’s claim to its food source.

 

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While trailing these foxes, we found several scent marks (confirmed as they have an unmistakably skunky, wild canine smell) as well as several dens (one of which will be used to raise their young during the next few months). The photo above depicts a possible sit spot where this individual fox (the smaller of the two) may have stopped to preen itself and/or be still and observe it’s surroundings.

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The deer carcass shown above also had a raptor feeding on it. This red-tailed hawk print is one of many tracks directly surrounding the site.

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Front (top) and hind (bottom) prints of  one of our most ancient species: the Virginia opossum.

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This trail was confirmation of a suspected inhabitant we documented several days before: the southern flying squirrel. Notice the landing spot (bottom) then bounds toward the base of the tree where it likely climbed back up into the canopy.

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This small rodent track in a bounding pattern, most likely a vole or mouse, was found meandering around the base of trees and in and out of small shrubs and holes in the snow.

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Here is where the same rodent trotted down a small snow drift adjacent to a tree.

 


READING WILDLIFE TRACK & SIGN WORKSHOP

Sunday July 19, 2015

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

(sponsored by Long Island Nature Organization)

Location: The Walking Dunes, Hither Hills State Park
Fee: $130 ($117 for LINO members).

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AT www.longislandnature.org

These courses are taught by George Leoniak (www.leoniaktracking.com), one of the six CyberTracker evaluators in North America, and provide participants the opportunity to pursue Track and Sign Certification from CyberTracker Conservation, a globally recognized non-profit that established the international standard for assessing wildlife tracking and sign skills. Participants in the one-day course will have the opportunity to test for Level I certification.

In wildlife research and monitoring, natural sign surveys are an effective means of collecting data on the presence, range and distribution of animal species. However, there are concerns about the integrity of the data from these types of surveys. In response to these concerns, the CyberTracker Conservation Evaluation System was designed to establish reliable, standardized tracking skills.

These workshops are open to naturalists, environmental and outdoor educators, amateur trackers and citizen scientists, professional biologists, and students (minimum age of 16) seeking to increase their wildlife tracking and observation skills, and sign knowledge. Over 60 wildlife biologists, natural resource managers, educators and interested naturalists have taken this popular program on Long Island since March 2014.

LINO founder and wildlife biologist Mike Bottini took this workshop in New Hampshire in February 2014, and invited instructor George Leoniak to Long Island that spring to offer it here. “This is the best field naturalist workshop I’ve ever taken,” says Bottini. “George is an amazing instructor. I realized its potential to train naturalists on Long Island to help document the distribution of rare and elusive species here, such as the gray fox, river otter, and some day soon a breeding population of coyotes.”

“I enjoyed the course a very great deal. It opened my eyes to the richness of information that tracks and signs can reveal–if you know how to read them. I look forward to learning more.” Betty Borowsky, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Nassau Community College

For more information or questions contact Mike Bottini at

mike@peconic.org or 631-267-5228.

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2015 Nature Adventure & Water Safety Camp

2015 Nature Adventure & Water Safety Camp

Instructors:   Mike Bottini  & Juliana Duryea

Dates:   July 27 – 30 (4 classes; rain date is July 31)

Time:   10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:   Long Beach, Noyac & Sagg Main Beach, Sagaponack

(first class will be at Long Beach)

Ages:   10 – 15 years old

Fee:   Residents $400; Non-residents $450  (includes all equipment)

This program combines marine and beach ecology, paddling skills, and water safety.  Students will explore the flora and fauna of the beach and marine environments, using snorkel gear, seines, kayaks and standup paddleboards.  The course will cover water safety, body surfing, boogie boarding, reading ocean currents and rip tides.

Bring your own lunch and water.

PLEASE CALL (631) 728-8585 TO REGISTER FOR THE 2015 NATURE ADVENTURE AND WATER SAFETY CAMP.


The Coyotes are Coming!

Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon Presents:

The Coyotes are Coming! with Mike Bottini

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 – 7:00 PM

Cold Spring Harbor Library: 95 Harbor Road (Rt 25A), Cold Spring Harbor

The coyote (Canis latrans) has greatly expanded its range in North America over the last century, and it is now found in every state except Hawaii and every Canadian province. Long Island is now one of the few large land masses in the continental U.S. without a breeding population of coyotes. But wildlife biologists think that will change soon.

A breeding population of coyotes has been established in the Bronx near Long Island’s western end and on Fishers Island (technically the Town of Southold, Suffolk County), near Long Island’s eastern end, for some years. Individual coyotes have been residing in Queens since 2009, and on the south fork of Suffolk County since 2013.

Assuming that Long Island will have a breeding population of coyotes in the near future, this presents a unique opportunity. This presentation will discuss the goals of the Long Island Coyote Study Group, as well as some interesting facts about the extremely adaptable creature.

Mike Bottini is a veteran naturalist, outdoor educator, and environmental consultant. After completing graduate studies in wildlife ecology at the University of British Columbia, Mike worked for fourteen years at the Group for the South Fork, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. He has taught field ecology, environmental  science, and natural history courses at St. Lawrence University, Southampton College, and CUNY, has published three books, and is an award-winning columnist. Mike’s wildlife research studies have included elk, spotted and tiger salamanders, spotted turtles, piping plovers, and river otters. At St. Lawrence, he designed and taught Winter Field Ecology, and has slept in igloos and snow caves in the mountains of New England, Colorado, Scotland, Labrador and Baffin Island. He continues to introduce people to the outdoors through his field naturalist classes, nature walks, and paddling trips.

All meetings are free and open to the public!

Please check Huntington Oyster Bay Audubon’s website for updates.