Wildlife Conservation

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About our Wildlife Conservation Work

Seatuck works across Long Island on a variety of wildlife issues, employing a multi-pronged approach to advancing conservation. We advocate for wildlife, advance restoration projects, conduct surveys, educate public officials, host workshops, lead coalitions and pursue a host of other approaches to promote wildlife conservation and habitat restoration.

Current Projects & Initiatives

Seatuck’s current wildlife conservation work includes the following:

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River Revival

The River Revival Project seeks to restore the connectivity and ecological health of Long Island's rivers and streams.

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Penataquit Creek

One of the River Revival Project's flagship initiatives is the restoration of Penataquit Creek, which flows through the heart of Bay Shore.

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Bellmore Creek

Seatuck is working with a host of partners to restore connectivity and rebuild Alewife populations in Bellmore Creek.

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Vernal Pools

Seatuck recently launched an island-wide effort to identify, survey and protect these ecologically valuable habitats.

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Half Shells for Habitat

Through the "Half Shells" project, a broad coalition is working together to recover oyster shells and get them back into our bays.

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Water Reuse

Seatuck is pushing for greater implementation of water reuse as a strategy to help address water quality and quantity issues on Long Island.

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GSB Hydrology

Breaches and over-washes are an important natural process for both water quality in the Great South Bay and the long-term sustainability of our barrier islands.

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Protecting Birds

Window strikes are the second leading cause of bird mortality, resulting in at least a million bird deaths daily across the country. Seatuck is working to reduce this number on Long Island.

Keystone Species

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Diadromous Fish

River herring, American Eel and Brook Trout are a vitally important part of our coastal ecosystem.

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Diamondback Terrapins

Seatuck has been working for years to protect and restore populations of this iconic brackish-water turtle.

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Bats

Long Island host numerous bat speicies - join us in helping to learn more about their status and distribution.

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River Otters

River otters are making a comeback on Long Island. Seatuck's Mike Bottini has been at the forefront of efforts to monitor their progress.

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Horseshoe Crabs

This ancient species is a keystone of our coastal ecosystem - Seatuck is working to safeguard their population across Long Island.

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Keystone Trees

Efforts are underway to restore two iconic Long Island trees to our region: American Chestnut and Atlantic White Cedar.

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Coyotes

The Eastern Coyote is in the process of colonizing Long Island. Seatuck and its partners are tracking their progress and readying Long Islanders for life with these top carnivores.

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Frogs & Salamanders

Through its Vernal Pool Project, Seatuck is working to safeguard habitat for a host of frog and salamander species.

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Spotted Turtles

These small semi-aquatic turtles were once common on Long Island, but development has greatly reduced their numbers. Seatuck is working to protect remaining populations.