Saturday forecast calls for 60 degrees and sunny

WHAT:
On Saturday, April 27 from 10 am until 2 pm, Stony Brook University scientists involved in the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program (ShiRP) are inviting volunteers to help with an eelgrass replanting event to stimulate and replenish eelgrass beds in Shinnecock Bay. The event is designed to assist the scientists with eelgrass disc assembly; increase citizen science participation in the program; and to update the community with ShiRP’s progress.

Editor’s Note I: Restoration activity space is limited and an email RSVP is required. RSVP to Christine Santora, Program Coordinator at Shinnecockbay@gmail.com

Editors’ Note II: Volunteers are encouraged to bring a pair of scissors, a bag lunch, a hat and sunscreen, and to wear old clothing. Throughout the day there will be educational opportunities for non-volunteers to learn about the natural environment of Shinnecock Bay and the broader efforts of the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program.

WHEN:
Saturday, April 27, 2013; 10 am to 2 pm

WHERE:
Stony Brook Southampton Marine Station
(across from SBU Southampton Campus on Old Fort Pond Road)
239 Montauk Highway, Southampton, NY 11968

WHY:
The Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program, founded by scientists from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook University and its Institute for Ocean Conservation Science, is using science, outreach and partnerships to restore the water quality and fisheries of the Shinnecock Bay. The aim of ShiRP is to reduce the occurrence of harmful algal blooms and increase shellfish populations and eelgrass beds to return Shinnecock Bay to a thriving estuarine environment.

DIRECTIONS:
From the Long Island Expressway: Take the LIE (495) east to Exit 70, then turn right on County Road 111; follow the signs for State Route 27 East/Montauk – Sunrise Highway. Take Route 27 East (which becomes County Road 39) and proceed 19 miles to Southampton Campus. Make right at the traffic light onto Tuckahoe Road. Go past the first entrance on Tuckahoe Road. Turn right at the next entrance.

Click here for a Google Map of the location.

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