Letter to an Enviromental Assassin
To the man who rents next door: I have lived in my house in Bay Shore for 39 years. My house is 112 years old and the trees surrounding my neighborhood filled the sky with color and life. From my backyard, I didn’t even know I had neighbors – no inkling that there was a development behind me. Sadly, little by little the neighborhood changed to a people that are environmentally clueless. Many of the trees were cut down, leaving gaping holes in the sky. But, at least my southern neighbor loved his trees nearly as much as I loved mine – or at least he respected them and everything that lived in them. That is until you moved in. You were not in the neighborhood a month. I came home from work one day to see a tree cutting whore destroying the huge red oak in your front yard. We all know the type – doesn’t care for the health of the tree, the environment, permits or the land clearing ordinances. Just show him the cash. I believe Cheap Joe is the name. The sickening thud of beautiful live branches hitting the street below. Evidently you have no clue as to the damage you have done to the environment without cause. Did you know that an oak tree supports over 4000 different variety of insects and wildlife? Did you care that as winter was approaching, you just made a host of squirrels and birds homeless? Did you think about how you just changed the wind dynamics on our street? Did you consider the noise barrier that you just removed? Did you give a thought to how you just adversely affected my view?
Do you know that as the pollinators disappear, so does our food growing ability? Did you know that the little bats that live under the bark of those trees are pollinators? Did you know that topping an oak tree doesn’t make it a small tree -it kills it?
Signed, The tax payer next door!
Field Trip to West End Jones Beach Recap
Twenty members and friends joined our club outing on Feb 12. The date was rescheduled from the near ZERO temperatures the weekend before and we were rewarding with temperatures around 50 degrees!
Annie & Audubon
Annie McIntyre retired on December 14, 2022, from the New York State Parks Long Island Regional Environmental Office after over 20 years of service.
Feeder Survey NOV/DEC 2022
The Yellow-shafted Flicker, a large member of the woodpecker family is one of my favorite birds and it made January 1, 2023 a great start to my new year when I had a rare (for me) sight of one scarfing down the suet at my feeder.
Located at Brookside Park
59 Brook Street
West Sayville, NY 11796
GSBAS made possible through the generosity of Suffolk County Parks.