Fishing Machine

This flexible-necked, goose-sized bird is a very efficient fishing machine. From the surface, it dives under water and uses its large webbed feet to paddle furiously while it uses its stiff broad tail as a rudder. It snags fish in its long slender hooked bill equipped with sharp serrated mandibles for a hold-fast grip. Because […]

Swallow Mosquito Eaters

Swallows are very popular summer visitors to Long Island. Aside from their beauty and grace they are natural weapons in the battle against the mosquito. From the family of passerine birds, swallows are distinguished by their long pointed wings. They have small legs and feet. And, they have round heads with short bills with wide […]

Storm Drain Dangers

Storm Drains Empty into Our Bay! Nothing Should be Discharged Down a Storm Drain. They are for Storm Rain Waters Only. Storm Drains are Not Part of our Sewer System. Storm Water goes Untreated, Directly into Our Bays! Storm drains are constructed to prevent flooding  by diverting rain waters off streets into local waters. Chemicals […]

Barrier Beach Lease History

Compiled by Madeline Fitzpatrick, Babylon Town Historian The Barrier beaches were part of the Town of Huntington 1663-1872 1663 – People were actually grazing livestock on the Barrier Island this early date. Records of Agricultural Supervisor ordered residents to stop their swine from trampling the salt meadows and enforced a forfeiture of seven shillings for […]

Turtle Path thru the Dunes

NYDOT Leaves Gaps in New Beach Fence for Turtles The repaired dune systems along Ocean Parkway are now lined with beach fence gaps to allow nesting turtles access to the surrounding ecosystem. The Diamondback Terrapin, is one of the few marine turtles that is known to live most of its life in the brackish marsh […]