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Staying Connected to Nature
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Staying Connected to Nature

As the world slowly begins to return to normal, many of us will feel the stressors of our old life...
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Hummingbirds Have Arrived
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Hummingbirds Have Arrived

Hummingbirds are back!   Spring signifies rebirth, as flowers begin to bloom and the natural scenery turns vibrant green. With...
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Tick-Safe Hiking
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Tick-Safe Hiking

It’s no secret that Long Island is a hot-spot for ticks and tickborne illness.  Long Island has the highest rate...
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How Environmentally Friendly is your Closet?
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How Environmentally Friendly is your Closet?

WHAT'S IN YOUR CLOSET? The fast fashion industry has become wildly popular and with that, a mass consumption of clothing...
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Leave No Trace
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Leave No Trace

Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been enjoying Long Island’s great outdoors more than ever.  With most attractions closed...
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Invaders of Long Island
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Invaders of Long Island

Long Island sees no shortage in unique plant and animal species that inhabit the Pine Barrens. These species all carryout...
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Long Island’s Coastal Plain Ponds
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Long Island’s Coastal Plain Ponds

Long Island’s Central Pine Barrens boast the greatest diversity of plants and animals anywhere in New York State.  What does...
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The DOs and DONTS of Recycling
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The DOs and DONTS of Recycling

The slogan, Reduce Reuse and Recycle, has been around for decades, and by now many Americans have grown up with...
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“Exceedingly poor indeed” – George Washington on the Long Island Pine Barrens
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“Exceedingly poor indeed” – George Washington on the Long Island Pine Barrens

The Long Island Pine Barrens is a beautiful natural escape full of unique geological features and plant and animal species,...
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6 Ways To Conserve Water in Your Homes
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6 Ways To Conserve Water in Your Homes

Two weeks ago, we announced on our blog that the Lewis Road Project in East Quogue has conditionally been approved...
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Black History Month – Celebrating African American Environmentalists
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Black History Month – Celebrating African American Environmentalists

February is Black History Month.  While Black History is American History and should be embraced all year long, we still...
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Golf and Our Environment
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Golf and Our Environment

Golfing for sport seems to be on the decline within younger generations and for good reason. Many people view golf...
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Pups in the Pine Barrens
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Pups in the Pine Barrens

Is your dog your best friend?  Have you ever wanted to bring your dog along on a hike with you?...
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Seal Watching on Long Island
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Seal Watching on Long Island

As the holiday season winds down and social distancing rules remain intact, you may find yourself having extra free time....
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2020 Was a Good Year for Nature
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2020 Was a Good Year for Nature

2020 – a year we most certainly will never forget.  The year has been referred to as a “dumpster fire,”...
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Endangered Species in the Long Island Pine Barrens
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Endangered Species in the Long Island Pine Barrens

The term “Endangered Species,” by definition, describes a species at risk of becoming extinct. When most people hear this term,...
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Winter in the Long Island Pine Barrens
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Winter in the Long Island Pine Barrens

As the temperatures drop and the sun sets earlier, we may feel inclined to stay indoors. And honestly, who wouldn’t...
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How to Celebrate a Sustainable Holiday Season
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How to Celebrate a Sustainable Holiday Season

The holiday season is here, and that means it's the time for togetherness, giving, and pure joy, right? Well, for...
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Five Questions with the Sierra Club
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Five Questions with the Sierra Club

The Long Island Pine Barrens Society is continuing on with our blog feature called “Five Questions with an Environmentalist.” We...
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Nature Deficit Disorder
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Nature Deficit Disorder

Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined by Richard Louv in his book, Last Child in the Woods, describes the behavioral...
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