It was a busy weekend for Fire Island National Seashore, with events both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday there was a Leave No Trace scouts program at the Wilderness Visitors Center to discuss the ethics of being outdoors and what to be environmentally conscious of when planning and executing a trip. Following the program we also had a speaker from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, New York’s only marine mammal and sea turtle rescue program, talk about cold-stunned sea turtles. She explained how sea turtles may wash up on Fire Island beaches when the weather gets below 50⁰F and the reptiles go into a hypothermia-like state. This additional presentation was a win-win situation because not only did the Riverhead Foundation get their message out to the public and attract beach walkers, we hope these beach walkers will develop a greater appreciation for Fire Island National Seashore in the process.
On Sunday, we had two volunteer groups come help out as we enter our quiet season. One group of girl scouts worked with Fire Island’s Volunteer Coordinator to prepare the Native Plant/Pollinator garden for the approaching winter. A second group of 7 college students came to the William Floyd Estate to assist me with invasive vine removal before the site shuts down for the winter. Service projects are fun to work on, especially when the volunteers don’t even hesitate to dig right into the task. It’s always amazing and rewarding to see the results.
Kim Lamiroult – Fire Island National Seashore