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:

Falconry...An ancient but not forgotten sport
When: February 16, 2016, 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. Chris has spoken to us twice before to rave reviews.

Please join us for a 45 minute talk about the sport of falconry (history, the various birds used, techniques, etc.) and the process Chris took to become a falconer. At the end of the talk, Emmy, his red tailed hawk, will make an appearance.

Additional Meeting dates:

Kayaking in Iceland and Norway
When: March 15, 2016, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

Dennis Grieser and Randy Smith spent an exciting time visiting two far north countries - Iceland and Norway. While in both, they kayaked in conditions not seen here on Long Island.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail
When: May 17, 2016, 7:00pm
Where: Bay Shore/Brightwaters Public Library

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail is a long-distance paddling trail connecting the major watersheds across the Adirondacks and Northern New England. In the 740-mile traverse across New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine, the Trail links communities and wild places, offering canoeists and kayakers a lifetime of paddling destinations and adventures. It incorporates 22 rivers and streams, 58 lakes and ponds, 3 national wildlife refuges, with 63 portages totaling 53 miles.

The idea for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail was brought to life in the 1990's when Mike Krepner, Ron Canter, and Randy Mardres of Native Trails, Inc. researched the traditional east-west water routes used by Native Americans and early settlers in the Northern Forest Region, from the Adirondacks to Northern Maine. In 2000, Kay Henry and Rob Center - former principals of Mad River Canoe Company - incorporated the Northern Forest Canoe Trail organization as a way to translate this research into a recreational, community, and regional resource.

Tonight, Colin Mullin and his wife Dara will talk about paddling different sections of the trail with their cocker spaniel, Finley, the adventure dog.