The Long Island Paddlers, Inc.


Meetings are held the third Tuesday of every month at the Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library from 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Located at : 1 South Country Road, Brightwaters, NY 11718  (Click here for Directions)

As always, refreshments are served after the meeting

Next Meeting:

Seatuck's River Revival Project
When: May 16, 2017, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

Seatuck works across Long Island on a variety of wildlife issues, employing a multi-pronged approach to advancing conservation. We conduct wildlife surveys, educate public officials, host workshops, install monitoring equipment, lead coalitions and pursue a host of other approaches to promote wildlife conservation and habitat restoration.

Long Island’s tributaries have been mismanaged for centuries. From historic impoundments for mills, ice and recreation to modern road building, channelizing and bulkheading, our tributaries have been seriously degraded and their ecological functions severely compromised. Seatuck will advocate for better stewardship to improve the health of our tributaries, including efforts to accelerate the restoration of Long Island’s migratory fish species.

Come out tonight to find out what you can do to help restore our tributaries.

Additional Meeting dates:

From Plankton to Whales: Why Our Local Waters Are Worth Protecting
When: June 20, 2017, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

With endless stories and photos of fish kills, harmful algal blooms, oil spills, beach closures, etc. filling our daily newsfeeds, it appears that our environment is in a horrific state of “Doom and Gloom”. Although we do face many environmental challenges, this constant bombardment of negativity creates a lack of enthusiasm among local communities when it comes to protecting our environment. Regain your enthusiasm for protecting our marine environment by learning about some of the fascinating marine life that inhabits the waters of Long Island.

Come out tonight to hear why you should care about the needs of our surrounding waterways from Chris Paparo, the Fish Guy. He's presented three programs to our club in the past and each one has been fantastic.

Plum Island: Biological Linchpin of an Archipelago
When: July 18, 2017, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

Plum Island is an island in the Town of Southold in Suffolk County, New York in the United States. The island is situated in Gardiners Bay, east of Orient Point, off the eastern end of the North Fork coast of Long Island. It is about 3 miles (4.8 km) long and 1-mile (1.6 km) wide at its widest point.

The island is the site of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) which was established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1954. The Island is also the site of the former U.S. military installation Fort Terry (c. 1897), and the historic Plum Island Light (c. 1869), and its automated replacement.

Plum Island is owned in its entirety by the United States government, which was considering sale of the island as part of a debt-reduction package.[2] but suspended the plan in February 2012. Access to the island is controlled by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

On August 29, 2013, the United States General Services Administration (GSA) and United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a final "Record of Decision (ROD): Public Sale of Plum Island, New York".

A broad-based coalition of conservation, environmental, and civic organizations are working to preserve Plum Island, with its diverse and unique natural and cultural resources, for the public trust. These organizations include: the Preserve Plum Island Coalition (PPIC), the Connecticut Fund for the Environment, along with its permanent regional program Save the Sound], and Soundkeeper, Inc.

Louise Harrison, New York Outreach Coordinator Plum Island Campaign, Save the Sound

The Horseshoe Crab: The Ancient One
When: August 15, 2017, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

John T. Tanacredi, PhD
Professor of Earth and Environmental Studies
Director, Molloy College Center for Environmental Research and Coastal Oceans Monitoring ( CERCOM )