CONSERVATION

Bobwhite Quail vs. Tick Study

As a result of habitat loss and predation by domestic and feral cats, Long Island has seen a sharp drop in the number of Northern Bobwhite Quail, a once common ground dwelling bird.  At the same time we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of ticks, many carrying diseases such as Lyme Disease. Through collaborations with local school districts, municipalities and a team of dedicated volunteers, we are hatching Bobwhite Quail eggs and raising them to a size that improves their ability to survive on their own.

Then, we are releasing the birds in local parks and open spaces to flourish and eat insects and ticks in our forests and fields.  We have quail-raising programs designed for schools, scout troops, and individuals. Click here for more information and resources.

Homes for Bats

Many species of North American bats have been decimated by an introduced fungal disease.  In some places, bat numbers have dropped by 90%. Helping people to build and install bat boxes educates them to the crisis for our native bats, and hopefully, helps to tip the scales back in the direction of these harmless nocturnal insect eaters.

CEED & Soil

Long Island’s coastal waters are plagued by runoff of nitrogen-releasing fertilizers and pesticides that are routinely applied to residential lawns and gardens. The excess nitrogen feeds algae blooms that destroy the ecosystem in the Great South Bay, and all our surrounding waters.

In partnership with the Friends of Bellport Bay, CEED educates about the health of our bays and promotes the use of green lawn products that foster healthy lawns with low or no nitrogen runoff.  Each spring, we offer eco-friendly lawn products for sale to help you improve your lawn without harming Long Island’s precious waterways.

Anyone can volunteer. Even you!

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