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New Year Volunteer Potluck Gathering and Acknowledgements

New Year Volunteer Potluck Gathering and Acknowledgements

New Year Volunteer Potluck Gathering and Acknowledgements

In January, we started our annual Volunteer Potluck Gathering and Acknowledgements. Being the first year, selecting the perfect candidates was a challenge. CEED has so many dedicated volunteers.

Our Sea Star CEED Friend award went to AHRC, the Clean Team: Joey and ToniAnn.

Our Golden Holly CEED Festivities award goes to Eileen Dugan for her dedication with coordinating events.

Our Golden Maple Seed award went to 3 people this year, it was just too hard to narrow it down. These volunteers go are true pillars to CEED’s success. Dwayne Stephani, Michael Kaiser, and Barbara LaGois all really go above and beyond.

Lastly, our Silver Acorn Board award went to Tom Pelletier, our dedicated Board Chairperson.

We enjoyed good food and many laughs, it was a great evening all around!

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Project Funders Needed

Project Funders Needed

Project Funders Needed

In our continuing efforts to bring the Washington Lodge back to life as a community resource, we have three small, but critical, projects, and need just a little funding help to complete them.  If you can provide any part of this need, we will be extremely grateful.  Please contact Executive Director Sally Wellinger at sally@ceedli.org.  Thank you!

  1. Renovating Marine Hall as a second large room for public use.  The room needs ceiling repair, wall repair, floor cleaning and finishing, painting. Most of the work will be done by volunteers, but we need supplies, and some professional plaster work and electrical work.
  2. Installing a washer/dryer for CEED use and for use by our live-in caretaker, Ranger Eric Powers.  We have a suitable washer and dryer, and volunteer work to create a built-in space.  We need new electrical wiring as well as plumbing work to connect the appliances.
  3. Restoring a second bathroom for public use.  We need new sinks, toilet repair, and painting. Volunteers have already repaired the walls and floor, and will do all or most of the additional work.

CEED’s Buildings and Grounds Committee is always trying to do more for less by maximizing volunteer work and donations.  We believe we can complete all three of these important growth-related projects for just $2,500.  If you can help, please contact sally@ceedli.org.  Thanks!

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Predicting a Great 2023 for CEED!

Predicting a Great 2023 for CEED!

Predicting a Great 2023 for CEED!

Predicting the future is never easy, and predicting the future for a mission-driven, donor-dependent nonprofit organization is more challenging yet. But all of us at CEED are really excited about the possibilities for 2023.

I predict it’s going to be a great year!

Just to hit some highlights, we’re at the point where we can really ramp up our program offerings for all ages. This will be our first full year of public use of the Washington Lodge. We have one large room, which we call Woodlands Hall, now in frequent use for meetings, workshops, programs for kids, etc. We hope to have the other main room, to be named Marine Hall, renovated in the next couple of months.

I predict that having the Lodge open to the public will be a game-changer!

For example, we’re working to increase the number of local children we connect to nature through school programs and field trips this year. Having the Washington Lodge available will make a big difference.

Our Spring and Summer Nature Experiences are about to begin registration, so be ready for that. We’re thinking about before- and after-care for families who need that. Let us know if you’re interested (info@ceedli.org).

For adults, we’ve begun an intro to birding course, and hope to continue to offer programs like that throughout the year. If there is something about nature you’d like to learn (trees, wildflowers, beach creatures … ), let us know. We’ll also be offering additional nature arts and crafts throughout the year. Again, if you have ideas, we’re open to suggestions. (info@ceedli.org)

This month also signals the start of Natural Wonders Series with Ranger Eric, a monthly walk with Ranger Eric Powers. I predict it will be a fun and fascinating chance to get into nature and share Eric’s passion for the plants and creatures that thrive on Long Island.

We also recently secured a large grant to begin planning a new future for the Washington Lodge that helps fulfills CEED’s mission: “… to connect our community to nature and science with creative use of discovery, art and education.” We need to secure matching funds (email sally@ceedli.org if you can help), but once we do, we hope to begin investigating the Lodge as a demonstration site for state-of-the-art solar power and waste disposal systems, to give just two examples.

If you aren’t already on our email list, be sure to join (ceedli.org/subscribe) so you’ll know about all our programs, festivals, and other events. We’re already planning for a repeat of our critically acclaimed Sculpture on the Trail event. We’re also working on an ongoing series of nature and science related lectures, discussions, and workshops, starting with Landscaping with Native Trees and Shrubs to Attract Pollinators and Birds with Vincent Simeone on Jan. 22.

If you want to be a part of CEED’s 2023, remember that we need and love volunteers, whether it’s for one-time projects, or regular hours. Possibilities include planting gardens, doing Social Media, taking photos, caring for our animals, building and painting projects, and a hundred other opportunities large and small.

I also encourage you to continue to support CEED with your generous donations whenever you can. Your support helps us create and offer new programs, offer more programs free of charge, increase accessibility of our programs to all, and restore the Washington Lodge.

I predict that however you get involved in CEED – as a participant, as a volunteer, or as a donor – you won’t be disappointed. Thank you!

Tom Pelletier, Chair of the Board

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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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