Peconic Estuary Program Kicks Off Fall Events With National Estuaries Week

This Saturday, Sept. 17, marks the beginning of National Estuaries Week, which since 1988 has celebrated the many ways we benefit from healthy, thriving coastal ecosystems.

All throughout the country, local organizations are organizing special events centered around estuaries between Sept. 17 and 24.

The Peconic Estuary Program is kicking off the week with a nature hike through the Northwest Woods of East Hampton on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 10 a.m. to noon.

This three-mile guided hike provides views of the beautiful estuary as well as the Peconic Estuary’s historical land use of the Northwest Settlement.

Attendees will meet at Northwest Road parking lot south of Alewife Brook Rd, East Hampton. To RSVP, email

Below are PEP’s other events scheduled for later this year. For more information on the work the Peconic Estuary Program has underway, their fall newsletter is online here.

Native Plant Garden Workshop

Learn about the benefits of native plantings, rain gardens and rain barrels at the PEP native plant garden at The Big Duck in Flanders. Get your hands dirty and help mulch, weed and collect water from the rain barrel and earn how your yard can be eco-friendly. Please bring gardening gloves and garden tools.

Saturday, November 5th 1:00pm
10am-12pm The Big Duck Flanders Road Rt. 24 Flanders, NY

Audubon Marine Bird Count

Saturday December 31st

Join PEP and the Audubon Society for the annual Christmas Bird Count. With your help, the data will fuel important science and conservation work. This nation-wide collaboration occurs at many locations within the Peconic Estuary. Choose your site preference (Greenport, Southold, Shelter Island or Orient Point)

For questions or too register please email or call 631.727.7850

Join in the CAC Discussions

The Peconic Estuary Program is also invite you to participate in the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC holds quarterly meetings where members meet and discuss a wide variety of topics concerning the Peconic Estuary, with the common goal of promoting clean water and healthy bays.

Visit the PEP CAC webpage to learn more about meetings and participate in the CAC Facebook page to get involved in the conversation.

The CAC’s next meeting will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Old Schoolhouse on Front Street in Greenport

Email for more information.

Beth Young

Beth Young built her first boat out of driftwood tied together with phragmites behind her family’s apartment above the old Mill Creek Inn in Southold. Nowadays, she spends most of her time kayaking, learning about shellfish, writing newspaper stories, trying to sail a Sunfish, and watching the way the bay changes from day to day. You can send her a message at

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