Thursday, November 5, 2015

Fwd: Help Congress Pass the 2015 Bird-Safe Buildings Act

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To: Peter Dorosh
Sent: Thu, Nov 5, 2015 11:25 am
Subject: Help Congress Pass the 2015 Bird-Safe Buildings Act

Did you know that collisions with glass claim the lives of
hundreds of millions of birds
in the United States each year?

Birds that have successfully flown thousands of miles on migration can then die in seconds on a pane of glass. Luckily, we have the bird-friendly design strategies and technology needed to make a difference now.

Please urge your U.S. Representative to support the 2015 Federal Bird-Safe Buildings Act, which would help prevent the deaths of millions of birds - like this Painted Bunting - by including bird-safe building materials and design features across federal buildings.

Feel inspired to support other bird conservation efforts? A number of bills have been introduced in Congress to conserve migratory birds, and to protect birds from threats such as neonicotinoid pesticides. You can help by urging your elected officials to become cosponsors of these bills.

  • Please urge your U.S. Representative to cosponsor the Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2015. The bill requires EPA to suspend the registration of neonicotinoid insecticides pending thorough review of the adverse effects on birds, bees, butterflies, bats, and other beneficial organisms. Take action now!
  • The Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act (NMBCA) has supported 451 conservation projects on more than 3.7 million acres of critical bird habitat Tell your representatives: Let's build on this conservation success by reauthorizing the NMBCA! Please act today!

Thanks for taking action to conserve birds and their habitats!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Fwd: West Pond EA Public Release

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From: Yun, Daphne <>
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Sent: Fri, Oct 2, 2015 8:09 am
Subject: West Pond EA Public Release

Environmental Assessment Notice of Public Availability and Open House:
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, West Pond Breach Repair Project
The National Park Service (NPS) has made available for public and regulatory review the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Jamaica Bay Unit, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, West Pond Breach Repair Project. This project would make the West Pond embankment and loop trail resilient to coastal storms and flooding and protect environmentally sensitive conditions along the West Pond loop trail that support a diversity of Jamaica Bay habitat, wildlife and enhanced visitor experience.
The EA evaluates the potential impacts of four alternatives: two action alternatives, the NPS preferred alternative and the no-action alternative.  The NPS preferred alternative includes filling and repairing the primary and secondary breaches and the subsequent restoration of West Pond and the loop trail. The preferred alternative would be implemented in phases, with the initial phase addressing filling and repairing the primary and secondary breaches, replacing the water control structure, the possible installation of a supplemental water supply system (either groundwater or municipal water) to provide freshwater to the pond, and restoring the West Pond loop trail. Future phases of work would include upland habitat restoration at Terrapin Point, shoreline and saltmarsh restoration to increase resiliency against potential future storm damage, and installation of other visitor amenities, such as boardwalks, trails, pathways, viewing blinds, and educational signage.
The ongoing participation of the public is very important to the success of this project. We invite you to attend an Open House to learn more about the project, the Environmental Assessment, ask questions, and share your comments.
 Open House:
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Thursday, October 22nd, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
715-10 Cross Bay Boulevard
Broad Channel, Queens, New York
The EA will be available for public review and comment for a period of 30 days from October 6th through November 6th, 2015.   Please go to to view the EA and comment electronically.  You are also welcome to mail comments directly to:
 Office of the Superintendent
Gateway National Recreation Area, Fort Wadsworth
Attn: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge West Pond EA Project
210 New York Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305
Please postmark written comments by November 6th for consideration.
For more information on Gateway National Recreation Area and this project, please go to:
Daphne Yun
Acting Public Affairs Officer
Gateway National Recreation Area
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fwd: BREAKING NEWS: Federal Trustees Call on EPA to Halt GE from Decommissioning PCB Cleanup Facilities

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To: Peter
Sent: Tue, Sep 29, 2015 1:58 pm
Subject: BREAKING NEWS: Federal Trustees Call on EPA to Halt GE from Decommissioning PCB Cleanup Facilities

Scenic Hudson works to protect and restore the Hudson River and its majestic landscape as a vital resource for residents and visitors. 
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We've just received some outstanding news!

The Federal Natural Resource Trustees charged with stewardship of the Hudson River's damaged natural resources have unequivocally called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to halt GE's decommissioning of its cleanup facilities until the EPA conducts a five-year technical review of the company's cleanup of toxic PCBs. EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck has explicitly requested such a letter from the Trustees (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) prior to taking any action. Now that they have complied, it’s time for her to step up and halt GE from prematurely dismantling its operations—preventing the company from walking away from a job that's far from complete.

Scenic Hudson is grateful to U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson for his swift action and outreach to the Federal Trustees. We join the Congressman, 141 New York State Assembly members, 27 New York Senators and over 80 municipalities in calling for further cleanup of the Hudson—to protect the health of the river and the people of New York. I hope you can join me this Thursday at the People’s Protest and Press Conference, where we’ll request two more years of dredging and call on Gov. Cuomo and the EPA to heed the trustees' call and stop GE from demobilizing its cleanup facilities before it’s too late.

Thanks for all that you do,

Ned Sullivan

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Monday, September 21, 2015

Fwd: Save the Date - Jamaica Bay Task Force Mtg State of the Bay

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From: Elizabeth Stoehr <>
To: prosbird <>
Sent: Mon, Sep 21, 2015 2:27 pm
Subject: Save the Date - Jamaica Bay Task Force Mtg State of the Bay

Quick Links
Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting
State of the Bay
October 29, 2015

Dear Members and Stakeholders,    
The American Littoral Society and the Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers announce  the Jamaica Bay Task Force Meeting will be held: 

Event Info
Thursday, October 29, 2015
6:30 P M - 8:30 PM
Location / Venue to be determined

This meeting is open to the public and will include a question and answer period. 
State of the Bay Agenda  
Formal agenda to follow.

Thank you, we hope to see you there,
Dan Mundy & Don Riepe

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Fwd: FW: Community Meeting & Volunteer Day in Marine Park, Brooklyn

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To: prosbird
Sent: Fri, Sep 18, 2015 11:34 am
Subject: FW: Community Meeting & Volunteer Day in Marine Park, Brooklyn



From: Natural Areas Conservancy []
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2015 10:42 AM
To: Peter Dorosh
Subject: Community Meeting & Volunteer Day in Marine Park, Brooklyn




                                                                                                        Marine Park, Brooklyn

Marine Park Trail Restoration and

Community Engagement Project

The Natural Areas Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy invite you to attend a meeting Monday, September 21 to discuss trail restoration opportunities in Marine Park, Brooklyn’s largest park. We are working with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and in partnership with the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy.

The meeting will be at P.S. 277, 2529 Gerritsen Avenue, Brooklyn, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Project goals include making the park trails easier to navigate and better conserving its natural history. To improve park user’s experience in the maritime forest (one of only two in New York City) along the park’s western edge, we are planning to establish a marked loop trail. Most of the new trail will consist of existing paths, and some parts will be restored to be natural habitats. Research from the Natural Areas Conservancy’s recent biodiversity study of New York City’s parks will be used to guide this ecological restoration.

Save the Date: NYC Parks’ citywide stewardship day is on October 24. The Natural Areas Conservancy and friends will be volunteering in Marine Park, 9 am – 1 pm. To sign up and see more details, visit NYC Parks Stewardship website.






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