Poison Ivy Explosion on the Barrier Beaches

With the warm winter we just had, besides the tick alert, be very mindful of where you are walking on all of the Fire Island Beaches. Poison Ivy is popping up everywhere.

Here is a link to more information about poison ivy

Mature summer leaves with new growth out front.

All of the plant will give you a rash, not just the leaves, the Bark is loaded with the same plant oil called urushiol that coats the leaves. It is extremely stable and will stay active for many years in the right conditions.

Remember that when you take off your gloves, cloths, etc.

If you think you have come in contact with Poison Ivy, you have 20 to 30 minutes to get the oil off your skin to avoid the evil rash.

Best to use cold water, lots of it and then some soap. Or jump in the ocean or bay asap. Do not use warm /hot water as it opens the skin’s pores and provides a path for the oil to get inside of you.

Keep an eye out for this plant!

 

Coast Guard Station Exposed Now in 2017

The old Coast Guard station located on the east side of Gilgo Beach Town Park and the entrance to Gilgo State Park is exposed more than it has been in the 20 years I have been coming here. Here is a link to more information about the Gilgo Coast Guard Station.

In the photo below, see the double bulkhead, a new one had been placed in front of the original, a lot of years passed for this picture to be taken.

Check out the original bulkhead that has popped out of the sand.
W of CG, the fence is caving here, it is gone on many of the dunes
Ocean water edge, Rebar from the old Coast Guard smashed and exposed. Look at the dunes in the background with their walls caving in from high tide wave action.

This area has suffered much more erosion that before the Super Storm Sandy event. This is a dangerous sign of how weak our beaches are to stand up to a hurricane this fall.

Click here for a Video of the Coast Guard Station on 7/6/17

Please Contact your government officials, here is the current list,
Urge them to fund a Beach Replenishment Project this Fall.

Cardboard Boat Regatta

We held our first annual Babylon Jr. Sr. High School Cardboard Boat Regatta at the Gilgo Beach Marina on Thursday, May 26th.

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Students enrolled in the district’s new STEAM and Project Based Learning Courses were invited to research, design, and engineer cardboard boats that could hold 2 passengers and sail the length of the Gilgo Beach floating docks.

Boats could only be made out of cardboard and duct tape and awards were given out for ‘best design’, ‘most school spirit’, ‘best sinking’, and the ‘most creative’ boat.

The Bunger Surf Shop donated wetsuits for the students to use, the Gilgo Beach Inn made the students lunch, and Save the Beaches patrolled the marina with Town of Babylon Marine Patrol officers.

Diamondbacks are Amazing

A female Diamondback turtle can lay fertile eggs for several years after a single mating.  She has the ability to store live sperm that is later used to fertilize eggs. ending upon her size, the female may lay as many as five times per year. Look out for turtles as the weather warms up, they sometimes cross Ocean Parkway to lay their eggs in the sand.

Turtle Facts

Turtles Die on LI

American Tortoise Rescue

May 23rd is World Turtle Day.

Food Diving

Osprey feeds mainly on fish caught in surface water. It flies 50 to 100 feet above the water until it sees a fish, then dives with its wings swept back. Its white underside makes it difficult for fish to see it against the sky. Just before it hits the water it thrusts its feet forward and grabs the fish in its talons. Sometimes it goes completely underwater. Although rare, an osprey has been known to catch two fish in one dive!

The curved talons and small hooks on the soles of its feet help the osprey catch and maintain a firm grip on its slippery prey as it flys back to its perch to eat. Its large outer toes can turn forward or backward, like those of an owl, improving its grip. Since the osprey seizes its prey as it is swimming away, it usually carries it aligned head first using both feet. This position also reduces the wind resistance in flight.

The fish in tow can be as large as its captor, so the osprey’s flying speed is sometimes slowed and larger birds may chase the osprey in an attempt to steal the catch. Rare, but known to have happened, is an osprey being dragged underwater and drowned by a large fish that has been too well gripped. The Opsrey underestimated the size and strength of the fish and could not let go!

Save the Beaches Fund has erected, funded and/or facilitated many osprey nesting platforms on the barrier islands and the mainland south shore. There is an affinity between the Save the Beaches folks and the Osprey.

Sometimes called a “Fish Hawk”,the Osprey is related to other birds of prey like hawks, eagles, vultures and falcons but it is the only member of its family, pandionidae. For more information, visit our Osprey Page.