2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp

2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp Registration is still open!

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2015 Campers

This unique program combines marine and beach ecology, wildlife tracking, water safety and paddling skills on the East End.  Students (ages 9-15) will explore the flora and fauna of the beach and marine environments using snorkel gear, seines, kayaks, and standup paddleboards.  The course will also cover water safety, reading ocean currents and rip tides, as well as ocean swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing.

Led by Ocean-Certified Lifeguards and Wildlife Biologists
Mike Bottini  & Juliana Duryea

Session 1:  July 25–28 (4 classes; rain date July 29Description: hulimacphotos:EEEV Photos/Cards:OtterHeadSketch#1.jpg)
Session 2:  August 8–11 (4 classes; rain date August 12)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Locations: Georgica Beach (East Hampton Village) and Northwest Creek, East Hampton.
Fee Per Session (includes all equipment): $400 per camper; $360 for LINO members

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER at longislandnature.org

More information and great photos of past camps available here.

Permaculture – Ecological Practices for Our Future

WHEN: Sat, Jun 18, 2016  from 10:00-11:30 AM

WHERE:Quail Hill Farm – Deep Lane, Amagansett
Similar to acknowledging a whole-body approach to medicine, there is a whole-systems approach to our interaction with the environment, called “permaculture.” Join the Peconic Land Trust at Quail Hill Farm to meet permaculture practitioners Katrina Siladi and Juliana Duryea as they discuss this important perspective and explain steps you can take to implement sustainable and ecological practices into your daily living. Program is FREE – please bring a blanket or folding chair and meet in the orchard. Parking along Deep Lane.
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2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp Registration

2016 Nature Adventure and Water Safety Camp Registration is open!

Early registration discount available until May 1. 

This unique program combines marine and beach ecology, wildlife tracking, water safety and paddling skills on the East End.  Students (ages 9-15) will explore the flora and fauna of the beach and marine environments using snorkel gear, seines, kayaks, and standup paddleboards.  The course will also cover water safety, reading ocean currents and rip tides, as well as ocean swimming, surfing, bodyboarding, and bodysurfing.

Led by Ocean-Certified Lifeguards and Wildlife Biologists
Mike Bottini  & Juliana Duryea

Session 1:  July 25–28 (4 classes; rain date July 29Description: hulimacphotos:EEEV Photos/Cards:OtterHeadSketch#1.jpg)
Session 2:  August 8–11 (4 classes; rain date August 12)
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Locations: Georgica Beach (East Hampton Village) and Northwest Creek, East Hampton.
Fee Per Session (includes all equipment): $400 per camper; $360 for LINO members; $340 for registrations received before May 1.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

More information and great photos of past camps available here.

Reading Wildlife Track and Sign Workshop

Reading Wildlife Track and Sign Workshop

Saturday    May 14, 2016      9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Instructors: Mike Bottini, Juliana Duryea, Callie Velmachos.
Location: Sagaponack – Sag Harbor area.
Fee: $40 ($36 for LINO members).

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AT www.longislandnature.org

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The Red Fox’s typical hunting gait: direct register trot.

This field workshop is designed for naturalists, environmental and outdoor educators, amateur trackers and citizen scientists, professional biologists, and students (minimum age of 16) seeking to increase their wildlife tracking and observation skills, and sign knowledge.

We will visit three different sites in the Long Pond Greenbelt area, including a pond shoreline, beach, and a river otter latrine site.

Topics that will be covered include:

– how to examine tracks (habitat, trail patterns, print details)

– understanding gaits

– distinguishing various feeding and marking sign

– identifying scat and tracks of over dozen wildlife species.

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The Raccoon’s overstep walk track pattern.

For more information or questions contact Mike Bottini at mike@mikebottini.com or 631-267-5228.

READING WILDLIFE TRACK & SIGN WORKSHOP

Sunday July 19, 2015

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

(sponsored by Long Island Nature Organization)

Location: The Walking Dunes, Hither Hills State Park
Fee: $130 ($117 for LINO members).

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AT www.longislandnature.org

These courses are taught by George Leoniak (www.leoniaktracking.com), one of the six CyberTracker evaluators in North America, and provide participants the opportunity to pursue Track and Sign Certification from CyberTracker Conservation, a globally recognized non-profit that established the international standard for assessing wildlife tracking and sign skills. Participants in the one-day course will have the opportunity to test for Level I certification.

In wildlife research and monitoring, natural sign surveys are an effective means of collecting data on the presence, range and distribution of animal species. However, there are concerns about the integrity of the data from these types of surveys. In response to these concerns, the CyberTracker Conservation Evaluation System was designed to establish reliable, standardized tracking skills.

These workshops are open to naturalists, environmental and outdoor educators, amateur trackers and citizen scientists, professional biologists, and students (minimum age of 16) seeking to increase their wildlife tracking and observation skills, and sign knowledge. Over 60 wildlife biologists, natural resource managers, educators and interested naturalists have taken this popular program on Long Island since March 2014.

LINO founder and wildlife biologist Mike Bottini took this workshop in New Hampshire in February 2014, and invited instructor George Leoniak to Long Island that spring to offer it here. “This is the best field naturalist workshop I’ve ever taken,” says Bottini. “George is an amazing instructor. I realized its potential to train naturalists on Long Island to help document the distribution of rare and elusive species here, such as the gray fox, river otter, and some day soon a breeding population of coyotes.”

“I enjoyed the course a very great deal. It opened my eyes to the richness of information that tracks and signs can reveal–if you know how to read them. I look forward to learning more.” Betty Borowsky, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Nassau Community College

For more information or questions contact Mike Bottini at

mike@peconic.org or 631-267-5228.

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 2015 Nature Adventure & Water Safety Camp

2015 Nature Adventure & Water Safety Camp

Instructors:   Mike Bottini  & Juliana Duryea

Dates:   July 27 – 30 (4 classes; rain date is July 31)

Time:   10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location:   Long Beach, Noyac & Sagg Main Beach, Sagaponack

(first class will be at Long Beach)

Ages:   10 – 15 years old

Fee:   Residents $400; Non-residents $450  (includes all equipment)

This program combines marine and beach ecology, paddling skills, and water safety.  Students will explore the flora and fauna of the beach and marine environments, using snorkel gear, seines, kayaks and standup paddleboards.  The course will cover water safety, body surfing, boogie boarding, reading ocean currents and rip tides.

Bring your own lunch and water.

PLEASE CALL (631) 728-8585 TO REGISTER FOR THE 2015 NATURE ADVENTURE AND WATER SAFETY CAMP.

River Otters on Long Island

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A river otter photographed with a wildlife camera at Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island, NY as part of the Long Island River Otter Project.

Saturday, March 14, 9-11 AM 

at the Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island

Otters can be found at Mashomack! Join Mike Bottini, wildlife biologist, for a talk and short field trip to learn about the natural history of the river otter, its history on Long Island and in NY and the current research efforts on behalf of this fascinating mammal.

For more information on the Long Island River Otter Project, visit Mike Bottini’s website here. 

otter entrance
Mike Bottini measures the entrance hole to a nesting den used by a river otter in Southold, NY.

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