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Frodo Won’t Say Ribbit Ribbit

Frodo Won’t Say Ribbit Ribbit

Frodo Won’t Say Ribbit Ribbit

I guess I’m the last one to tell his Saga for Giving Tuesday. My name is Frodo, and as you may have guessed from my photo, I’m a bullfrog. I’ve been one of Ranger Eric’s Animal Ambassadors for more than 10 years, if you can believe it!

But no one is quite sure how old I am, because I lived with someone else for a long time before that. My original owner was going to let me go in a local pond, but Ranger Eric advised against that. It’s always a bad idea to let pets go. First of all, we’re used to being fed, and don’t do well getting our own food. And also, we might have bacteria, fungi, or parasites that would do a number on our wild relatives.

So Ranger Eric took me, and I’ve been following him around ever since. And now, we’re at CEED.

I like it here, and I’m happy to be one of CEED’s Animal Ambassadors, so I’ll cut to the chase. People think I say “Ribbit! Ribbit!” But I don’t. I say “Givit! Givit!” That’s right, I say “Givit, Givit on Giving Tuesday,” and Givit to CEED.

I’ve been around longer than most of CEED’s Animal Ambassadors. And I’ve been around longer than most wild animals as well. I’ve seen things, and I know things, and I know CEED is worth supporting.

So Givit! Givit!

Support all of CEED’s educational and discovery programs that connect people to nature by making a Giving Tuesday gift right now. A CEED Board member has offered to match any gifts made to CEED (up to $2,500), so your gift will go twice as far.

The Matching Challenge ends at Midnight, so Givit now!

You’ll help provide a home for me and my new Animal Ambassador friends, and even more importantly, you’ll connect people to nature so they will care about the environment, and wild animals can thrive.

Thank you!

Frodo the Bullfrog

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Robert Quail’s Giving Tuesday Saga

Robert Quail’s Giving Tuesday Saga

Robert Quail’s Giving Tuesday Saga

Dear CEED Friend,

CEED has released hundreds and hundreds of northern bobwhite quail … so what’s my Giving Tuesday Saga and how did I, Robert Quail, end up living at CEED?

Well, what I remember is that I felt like I never really got used to being in the woods. All the other quail caught bugs and small critters, and since I had always been fed quail pellets, I just couldn’t get the hang of all that hunting. So when I saw a woman who looked kind, I walked up to her, expecting her to feed me.

After all, people had always fed me … why would she be different? Instead, she picked me up and took me to CEED. And I’ve been living at CEED ever since.

We’re pretty sure I wasn’t part of CEED’s Northern Bobwhite Quail Project, because Ranger Eric and the other CEED educators ask all participating schools and community organizations to return all quail to CEED at just two weeks old to keep them from imprinting on humans too much.

And I’m definitely imprinted on people.

Yup, people are the best. Especially Executive Director Sally Wellinger and Ranger Eric and all the people at CEED and all those who support CEED. Thanks to you, I get to have a nice home and be an Animal Ambassador for CEED. That means I will take part in some of the more than 100 school programs CEED does in more than 75 Long Island schools every year. Our innovative quail programs are very popular. Kids get to hatch bobwhite quail eggs and watch them develop. Once the chicks are two weeks old, they go back to CEED to be raised to young adulthood, and then they’re released all over Long Island to help restore quail populations.

It’s fun and conservation all rolled together. CEED programs are often like that!

That’s why I hope you’ll support all of CEED’s educational and discovery programs that connect people to nature, by making a Giving Tuesday gift right now. A CEED Board member has offered to match any gifts made to CEED (up to $2,500), so your gift will be doubled. Add a little extra if you can.

You’ll help provide a home for me and my new Animal Ambassador friends, and even more importantly, you’ll connect people to nature so they will care about the environment, and wild animals can thrive.

Thank you!

Robert the Quail

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The Giving Tuesday Saga of Edward the Opossum

The Giving Tuesday Saga of Edward the Opossum

The Giving Tuesday Saga of Edward the Opossum

Dear CEED Friend,

As one of the newest members of the team, I want to tell you my story.

It’s a Giving Tuesday Saga of generosity towards animals in trouble. Sadly, my mother was hit by a car and killed. But a naturalist walking along the road wisely thought to check my mother’s pouch and found me, just a tiny baby. Yes, my mother had a pouch, because as a Virginia opossum, I’m a marsupial, one of about 300 marsupial species in the world, and the only one in North America!

My foster mom fed me with an eyedropper and then raised me until I was fully grown. But she couldn’t keep me anymore, so she asked Ranger Eric if I could live at CEED.

And the rest is history. I’m very tame, and to be honest, I haven’t a clue about finding food in the wild, so I’m here to stay. I’m glad to be a CEED Animal Ambassador, and I’ve met so many nice people at CEED!

That’s why, when Sally asked me to write to you about supporting CEED on Giving Tuesday, I jumped right up on her keyboard and got to work.

So please support CEED todayGiving Tuesday. A CEED Board member has offered to match any gifts made to CEED (up to $2,500), so your gift will be doubled. Add a little extra if you can.

You’ll help provide a home for me and my new Animal Ambassador friends, and even more importantly, you’ll connect people to nature so they will care about the environment, and wild animals can thrive.

Thank you!

Edward the Opossum

 

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Coming Soon: The 2022 CEED Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Saga …

Coming Soon: The 2022 CEED Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Saga …

Coming Soon: The 2022 CEED Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Saga …

Dear Friend of CEED,

Hi!  It’s me, Hubert the great horned owl. Last year, I was one of the key players in CEED’s Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Challenge last year.  But I’m taking a break this year.

So you may be wondering, “If not Hubert, then Who, Who, Who will be CEED’s Giving Tuesday stars?”  Let me introduce them:

Robert – a “wild” northern bobwhite quail who was brought to us because he’s not really very wild and is a little too friendly with humans.

Edward – an adorable and sweet Virginia opossum.

Frodo – a large, and slippery bullfrog.

Be sure to watch for the CEED Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Saga … coming to your email and social media soon. Click here to get on our email listClick here to get in on the CEED Giving Tuesday Matching Gift Challenge even before the Saga begins …

 

Hubert the great horned owl

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It All Started With a Sign

It All Started With a Sign

It All Started With a Sign

Many thought we were crazy.  The building is over 7,000 square feet, was ransacked including all the copper pipes, had broken windows, torn ceilings, and walls.  In addition, there were several raccoons plus other wild animals living in the lodge.  But we knew there was something special about the Washington Lodge and as big as the job is to restore and renovate, those of us at CEED knew the task had to be done.

We know a bit of the history… The Unkechaugs were the first people to reside on the land. In 1655, there was an agreement which began the unequal transfer of the land to the colonists.  After that, not much is known until the late 1800’s when the Fairchild’s built the second empire portion of the building.  In the early 1900’s George Constant Washington bought the property to bring his instant coffee enterprise to the area, but the factory did not materialize.  The property went through many transformations after that, including a restaurant.  In the 1960’s the Marist Brothers purchased the property and owned it until it was sold in 2004.

From 2004 until 2018, no one resided in the Washington Lodge.  The original purchasers in 2004, were planning on subdividing the property, but were eventually bought out by the Post Morrow Foundation, South Country Farms, L.L.C., the Town of Brookhaven and Suffolk County.  After many discussions of possibilities, many decided that the best decision might be to raise the building.  As one can imagine, a building being vacant for over ten years had much damage and would cost millions of dollars to restore and renovate.  That is when CEED came in.  In 2017, the founders of CEED approached the Post Morrow Foundation and Town of Brookhaven with a dream but not much money.  The consensus from these discussions were that CEED would be a great fit for the location but must procure much of the funding needed for restoration and renovation of the lodge.  Here we are just a few years later, on the path for amazing transformation of the Lodge.

In order to restore, we must know the past.  Over the years, with local research already established, we did learn a bit about the history.  This past summer, we were approached with an offer to sell us a Washington Lodge sign.  Although the sign does look like it may have been a part of the history of the lodge, we were not completely sure.  The colors match some of the colors on the lodge in earlier years, but there are silhouettes of George Washington, the first president, and his wife, Martha, on the filigree in the sign.  This initiated a renewed quest for information regarding the history.  We started looking for a photograph of the Washington Lodge with the sign.  We have learned new bits, including the possibility of the well-known architect, Isaac Green, designing a renovation or addition on the lodge.

If you have any information or photos of the Washington Lodge and surrounding grounds, we would love to hear from you. Please email Sally Wellinger at sally@ceedli.org with your stories, history information or copies of photos. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

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