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:

Kayaking the Modern Erie Canal
When: August 18, 2015, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

Bruce Kagan, is a retired elementary school teacher who lives in Wading River. He is a passionate kayaker, bicyclist,and motorcyclist. He is working on creating two multi-use recreational trails on Eastern Long Island. Bruce is also a lecturer. He has prepared numerous digital historical presentations in his retirement and presents for various clubs, public libraries, civic associations, and historical societies. Bruce usually introduces each presentation by playing a piece of "period correct" music on his silver flute.

We all learned about the Erie Canal when we were in the Fifth Grade. Many of us have forgotten about this vital part of New York and US history. The Erie Canal now know as "the New York Barge Canal" is still a vital part of the very fabric of "Upstate" New York. It still ties together many towns and is a source for recreation and transportation today as it was when it was completed in the 1830's.

Join Bruce and his wife Carolyn as they take you on a section of the modern Erie Canal in their sea-kayaks. Travel with them digitally as they paddle though modern canal locks. Learn the rules of traveling safely on this waterway. Bruce will refresh your Fifth Grade history facts, explain why the canal locks were created and how they work. He will contrast the manual lock used when the Erie Canal" was created with a modern lock. He will introduce his program by playing "The Erie Canal Song" on his silver flute and then ask the audience to join him in singing the song. It will be informational and fun!

Additional Meeting dates:

Water Birds of Long Island
When: September 15, 2015, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

Born and raised on Long Island (New York), Chris Paparo has been exploring the wilds of the island for over 30 years. As a wildlife photographer, writer and lecturer, he enjoys bringing public awareness to the diverse wildlife that calls the island home. His passion for coastal ecology, fishing and the outdoors led him to obtain a BS in Marine Science from LIU/Southampton and currently manages the new Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University.
In addition to freelance writing for several fishing and wildlife related publications, Paparo currently writes the monthly Naturalist’s Logbook column for the NY/NJ edition of On The Water Magazine. Although his work tends to focus on marine life, everything in the natural world is fair game.

Join us to discover the diverse birds of Long Island found on the water, along the shore, and in the air above the water throughout the changing seasons.

Kayaking in Alaska
When: October 20, 2015, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

Andy and Lucy, two members of our club, will share their pictures and stories of their kayaking adventures in Alaska.