On Saturday, April 20th, chilling offshore winds did not deter volunteers
from the Babylon Jr-Sr High School from helping to clean up the beaches along the
Sore Thumb Cove and the Fire Island Inlet.
This energetic crew hiked from Oak Beach into the Cove to pick up small debris that had been collecting in the sands along the Sandy-damaged dunes. In total, the student volunteers collected a dozen garbage bags filled with small debris such as quarter-sized bottle caps, broken glass, shredded plastic bags, plastic utensils, etc.
Save the Beaches volunteer, Mary Beth Schappert states “It is so important that we begin to realize that every piece of litter counts…the small stuff is a danger to the migratory birds that arrive each spring. The small plastics are also showing up in the stomachs of our local fish.
Some one has to care.
It is so nice to see that our younger local generations see the same issues too. We want them to come back to our beaches after college and be able to appreciate and enjoy just what we had when we were their age.”
Thanks to their dedicated advisors, Jeff Kenney and Beth Quinn, these college-bound seniors got a lesson about our local beach ecology too. They really got to see a part of the beach that most people do not have access to.
They got to see which plants held the dunes together the best, how hurricane Sandy re-shaped the coastline, and observed a variety of birds nesting on small sandy islands amidst the breached secondary dunes along the Sore Thumb and Fire Island Inlet.