Exciting September Events - Join us in the Greenbelt!
Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt
SUNDAYS AT TWO
Returns for 2021 with Two Terrific Speakers
All Sundays at Two events are free and open to the public.
Zoom details below.
Sunday, September 19, 2:00PM
Long Island’s Coastal Plain Ponds: A Unique Ecosystem of Fantastic Flora
with Steve Young, NYS DEC
As the glaciers melted back 20,000 years ago, large blocks of ice remained that eventually formed the coastal plain ponds that we see today. Located mostly in groups on eastern Long Island, they support a unique assemblage of rare plants and animals found nowhere else in New York State. They rely on fluctuating groundwater levels to maintain their unique ecology but face mounting threats from climate change, pollution, and neglect that have allowed invasive species to gain a foothold. The Long Pond Greenbelt is home to 13 coastal plain ponds. Join Steve Young, chief botanist for the New York Nature Heritage Program and author of several field guides, for a presentation that will look at the history of the ponds and the fantastic flora that can be seen today.
Meet the Martins – Purple Martin Life Cycle, Eggs, and Hatched Chicks
with John Shemilt,
SOFO Purple Martin Steward
John Shemilt of the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) has been fascinated by Purple Martins since he was a young child. John will share his experience monitoring the colony of man-made gourds that house SOFO’s population of Purple Martins and will review their life cycle. Details to follow.
Adopt a Patch/I Love Vineyard Field Work Day
Saturday, September 25th
We will be hosting another work day for those of you who have Adopted a Patch or those who would like to Adopt a Patch. We hope you can join us!
What is Adopt A Patch?
We are very excited to announce a new project for the Vineyard Field restoration. Member Greg Bellafiore has come up with a fantastic idea of how to finally eradicate the remaining invasive autumn olive shrubs, and we’re calling it ‘Adopt a Patch’! Each volunteer will be allotted a section of the field (their “patch”) where they will cut back any new sprouts at least once a month during the growing season. We have learned after years of mowing trails that repetitive cutting eradicates this noxious plant, and thanks to the Bridgehampton Association we have a grant to purchase the tools for this project.
Meet at the South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO) parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton.
Please bring gloves and dress against ticks.
All Ages and Skills are Welcome!
For more information or to confirm attendance, contact
Dai Dayton at 631-745-0689.
Ticks Are Arachnids, Not Insects
(Correction to August Newsletter)
By John Van Sickle,
Professor of Classics, Brooklyn College
By ‘insect’ we may refer loosely to any of the myriad creatures that pollinate, defoliate, buzz, bite, suck, sting—reminders that our world is more than merely ‘ours.’ Less loosely ‘insect’ refers to creatures featuring a distinct head furnished with sensors (antennae, metaphor from form of yardarms for sails) linked by a slender tube to a thorax mustering six jointed limbs and often wings then linked in turn by another slender tube to an elongated abdomen (all told, three sections, easy to see in wasps (cf., ‘wasp waist’), ants, and butterflies, less distinguishable in beetles and bugs), so that these animals are described in Latin as INSECT, ‘cut into.’ Hence the Greek name for insect study: entomology: ‘study of en tom = in sect (cf., such ‘cut’ words as anatomy, ectomy, and tome). Insects, for their jointed limbs, belong to the vast animal category (phylum) of Arthropoda (Greek ‘joint limbed,’ cf., arthritis.’ joint inflammation’), which counts several classes, including crustaceans (e.g., lobsters with their ten limbs, dekapodal, so insects with their six limbs would count as hexapodal) but also centipedes, millipedes, and myriapods, counting limbs by the hundred, thousand, or ten thousand, though not octopuses (octopodal, ‘eight limbed’), which belongs to the mariner class of Cephalopoda (‘head limbed’).
Famous if not infamous among the classes of Arthropods are the Arachnids, named after the mythical girl who dared match her spinning with the goddess Athena and suffered metamorphosis into a spider. The Arachnids as a class all count eight jointed limbs and subdivide into orders numbering not just the myriad spiders, but scorpions, mites, and ticks, the ones that scurry across our computer screens, creep along our limbs, and insinuate themselves into our most intimate spots: ticks got their scientific nomenclature from Carl Ludwig Koch (1778-1857), a prolific zoologist who catalogued the Arachnids of Germany, separating them into genotypes, one for the hard-shelled ticks that he named Ixodoidea, Ixodida, Ixodes from Greek ixos for ‘mulberry,’ which was used to trap birds (so-called birdlime), perhaps because ticks belong to the superorder Parasitiformes (from Greek parasiton, ‘alongside meal’) and sit in to lunch on birds? Tick taxonomy constitutes a very special field within entomology, with 742 species claimed— Zootaxa: Ixodidae from 1758 to December 31, 2019.
Save the Date! 22nd Annual Celebration of
the Long Pond Greenbelt
Saturday, October 9, in Vineyard Field
Bring the children for a morning of crafts, trail walks, and more. Co-sponsored by FLPG, SOFO, and the Peconic Land Trust. Complimentary ice cream and refreshments for all. FREE. Rain or shine. To RSVP, please contact FLPG at 631-745-0689.
Upcoming Events in September
Important: Maximum 25 attendees - to register, please email or call (as noted in event detail). Masks required for unvaccinated participants. Priority at all events given to 2021 FLPG Members. Dress appropriately for ticks.
Saturday, September 11 – Three Ponds Hike, 9:00AM.Moderately-paced 3.5-mile hike with spectacular views of Long Pond, Little Long Pond, and Crooked Pond. Meet at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.
Saturday, September 18 – Old Farm Road Cleanup, 8:00AM- 9:00AM. Help clean up the roadside along FLPG’s adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park, Old Farm Road, Sagaponack. Bring gloves, bags provided. For more info, contact Peter Wilson, 631-553-1393.
Sunday, September 19 –Sundays at Two: Coastal Plain Ponds. See details in body of newsletter.
Monday, September 20 – Full Harvest Moon Hike, 7:30PM-8:30PM. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt (FLPG) and South Fork Natural History Museum (SOFO). This full moon’s name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked when corn was to be harvested. At the peak of the harvest, farmers can work late into the night by the light of this moon. Join FLPG and SOFO on this one-hour, leisurely-paced hike through open-field trails. Meet at the SOFO Museum parking lot, 377 Bridgehampton Turnpike, 200 yards north of the RR tracks. Leader: Dai Dayton, 631-745-0689.
Saturday, September 25 - Adopt a Patch/I Love Vineyard Field Work Day, 9:00AM. See details in body of newsletter.
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