Snowy Owl at Oak Beach

“A male snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) was spotted in the dunes of the Sore Thumb Cove near Oak Beach after a snowstorm on January 21, 2014.  Snowy owls are large predatory birds that venture south from the Arctic Circle during winter months.  They can usually be spotted on oceanfront dunes when tundra-like conditions prevail.  Snowy […]

Looking Back; Students Clean Beach

Babylon High School came out in force on Saturday, September 21 back in 2013 for International Coastal Clean-Up Day.   The Thoreau Society, Girls’ Varsity Soccer team, and many Lacrosse players all convened at the Gilgo Beach parking lot early Saturday morning. The volunteers then walked the beaches, some heading west and some heading east, collecting […]

MIT Seagrant Experience

Down on the beaches we are intimately familiar with the oceans and the increasing impact they have on our lives. The challenges of operating in the ocean have always pushed the related technologies to the forefront of their fields. This is still true today in our world and I got a front row seat for […]

Dredging of Fire Island Inlet

Although the beaches have not opened yet, there has been a lot of activity along the barrier island beaches this Winter. Dredging crews have been hard at work in the Fire Island Inlet.  Their offshore dredging boats connect to long, flexible pipes onto the beach and empty sediment on the shoreline of Overlook Beach.  Large […]

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 […]