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The North American Marsupial 
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The North American Marsupial 

The North American Marsupial    Virginia Opossums (Didelphis virginiana) or commonly known as opossums, regularly visit many of our backyards...
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Don’t Make These Common Summer Time Mistakes
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Don’t Make These Common Summer Time Mistakes

Naturally, the warm weather lures us outside after being cooped up all winter. Perhaps you’ve already found yourself having some...
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Summer Water Woes
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Summer Water Woes

Ahhh, summer! Warm weather, sandals, trips to the beach, barbeques and…. harmful algae blooms? Unfortunately, Long Island summers are also...
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It’s Cicada Season on the East Coast
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It’s Cicada Season on the East Coast

  In 2004, the largest cicada population, Brood X, emerged from the ground and filled our trees. 17 years later...
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Fire Keeps the “Pine” in “Pine Barrens”
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Fire Keeps the “Pine” in “Pine Barrens”

The Long Island Pine Barrens is a fire-dependent ecosystem, meaning that the health of the ecosystem depends on consistent wildfire. ...
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4 Native Plants to Add to Your Gardens
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4 Native Plants to Add to Your Gardens

Tis’ the season for gardening.   The Spring season creates a perfect setting to begin planning your home landscaping. If...
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The Power of Forest Bathing
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The Power of Forest Bathing

The benefits of spending time in nature are well-documented.  In fact, we’ve covered this very topic on our blog before...
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Earth Day 2021
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Earth Day 2021

This year, the Earth Day Network announced that the 2021 theme for Earth Day is “Restore Our Earth.” Unknown to...
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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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Cover photo: Steve Young