RECAP: ZOOM Events

Jan 19, 2021 | The Sandpiper

As we navigate this season of not being able to host in person general monthly meetings, we have had and have planned a good line up of virtual programs. 

In September, Enrico Nardone, from Seatuck Environmental, gave us an informative program on coyotes on Long Island. I was more than a little jealous to learn that there is a band of trained people that observe the coyotes where they are breeding and keep careful data on the slow but steady growth of this population. 

I am personally excited about the fact that there are breeding pairs on Long Island, and surprised that I wasn’t met with the same enthusiasm when I mentioned it to most people. Perhaps people are afraid because they don’t know that much about coyote habits (like that they are really solitary, fairly non aggressive and not looking to confront you) or they don’t understand how positive a return to nature it is for our environment.

Our October speaker was Tamson Yeh from Cornell Cooperative. Tamson shared her expertise on amazing spiders. We learned the different types of webs, how spiders weave them and how environmentally savvy spiders are. We learned about who bites, who is poisonous and who is helpful. As a gardener, I know that spiders are my friends. As someone with an imagination larger than her courage, I am trying to put into practice the things I learned and not run in terror or feel the need to kill something just because it has 8 legs.

I hope that more people will tune into our web speakers. It also gives us the opportunity to greet each other. The upcoming speakers are listed both in this newsletter and on our website.

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