Thursday, December 10, 2009

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Eagle trips email send to BBC website

Dr. S. Marie Kuhnen
Memorial Field Trip Series

Search for Eagles
in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Upper Delaware Scenic River

Join John (Jack) Padalino, President Emeritus of the Paul F-Brandwein Institute, partner with the National Park Service Delaware Water Gap NRA by caravan to search for eagles.

Meet 10:00 a.m. at the Historic Callahan House, 101 Route 209 South @ mile marker 21, Milford, PA –
Dress warmly, bring binoculars, field guides, and a lunch.

The search for eagles will conclude along the Lackawaxen River approximately 4:00 p.m.

PHONE: 570.296.6752


Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Sunday, February 28, 2010

Eagle observation data that we collect will be shared with the
Eagle Institute and Hawk Migration Association of North America HMANA.
An Eagle identification field guide and a “Search for Eagles” activities hand- out will be provided by the Paul F-Brandwein Institute.

Join us to Search For Eagles, the symbol of our nation.

12/8 NY Times arrticle on Hydro fracturing

Dark Side of a Natural Gas Boom
Some environmentalists are concerned that a technology
called hydraulic fracturing used to produce natural gas
could be leading to pollution.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

3 pieces of news info Re Conservation issues; Internship

1) Staten Island rally this Saturday to save Pouch Camp (Greenbelt)


*Pouch Camp rally
Supporters looking to preserve the William H. Pouch Scout Camp in Sea View have organized a public rally.

Dec. 12, 5 to 6:30 p.m.


Meet in front of Susan Wagner High School, 1200 Manor Rd., Sea View.


The group will march down the street to the camp, then proceed to its Memorial Garden, where the annual holiday lighting will take place.

*Of note
As of last night, more 400 Facebook members had confirmed their attendance and the camp’s head ranger, Gil Schweiger, confirmed that another 1,000 to 1,200 individuals had made verbal commitments.


From Jonathan Wells from Prospect Park Audubon Center; searching for a graduate internship

Hello all,

Hope all is well. I am looking for a graduate student for an internship program I’m running here at the center this spring. If you know of anyone who might be appropriate please let them or myself know. See below a brief description and an attached flyer.

Thanks so much for any assistance,


Jonathan P. Wells

Manager of Education Programs

Prospect Park Audubon Center

(718) 287-3400 x114

To be successful in our conservation efforts, we need your help! Sign up for Audubon Alerts and the Advisory at

To whom it may concern;

This spring the Prospect Park Audubon Center will be offering a graduate level internship to students interested in entering into environmental education, or an environmental administration field. The Internship will give students entry-level experience at the Audubon Center, while receiving internship credits from their respective schools. Please see below a brief internship description, the same information attached as a document, and a flyer for advertising at your organization. Please have any potential candidates submit the below requirements to For additional internal information please contact me at the email address below. Feel free to pass this email along to any interested parties.

Thank you for your assistance,

Jonathan Wells

Jonathan P. Wells

Manager of Education Programs / Internship Coordinator

Prospect Park Audubon Center

(718) 287-3400 x114

To be successful in our conservation efforts, we need your help! Sign up for Audubon Alerts and the Advisory at


The Prospect Park Alliance, working in partnership with City of New York and the community, restores, develops, and operates Prospect Park for the enjoyment of all by caring for the natural environment, preserving historic design, and serving the public through facilities and programs. Prospect Park is Brooklyn’s 585-acre historic flagship park, designed by the famed Olmsted and Vaux. It is the home of Brooklyn’s only lake and forest, with nature trails, numerous recreational activities, public and school-based educational programs, volunteer opportunities, and the first urban Audubon Center.

The mission of the Prospect Park Audubon Center is to inspire the people of Brooklyn to appreciate, learn about and protect the birds, other wildlife and their habitats in Prospect Park and beyond.


The Prospect Park Audubon Center seeks a graduate student intern. The internship provides school credit and work experience for students interested in the fields of environmental education or environmental institution administration. The internship is designed to prepare graduate students entering into the field through training, education, and work experience in four core career components:

1. Non-formal Teaching Experience

2. Environmental Philosophy, Education, and the Inquiry-based Teaching Method

3. Environmental Institution Administration

4. Special Events Management or Staff Development

Interns will obtain the four components by, but not limited to, the teaching of non-formal education programs, assisting in the development of curriculum, participate in the dynamics of a non-profit environmental organization, gaining customer service experience, interpretation of exhibits, learning the nuances of teaching about the natural world in an urban environment, assistance in the execution of special events, and the completion of one of two projects; running a special event at the center, or a staff development session.

The ultimate goal of the semester long internship is to fill the growing need for environmental educators and administrators in urban settings, while simultaneously alleviating the staffing need of this non-profit institution, and training students to become employees grounded in the communities they serve, while solidifying interns as strong candidates for future job opportunities at the Prospect Park Audubon Center.

Internship Duration & Requirements:

· Students must be registered in a graduate level program in environmental education, environmental science, biology, or a related program.

· Internship participants are required to participate during the spring 2010 semester of their respective schools program.

· This is an unpaid Internship.

· Students must receive credit hour approval from their respective school.

· Internship hours committed is based upon respective graduate program requirements, though students must complete a minimum of twelve hours per week in addition to a minimum of eighteen hours of work during weekend public hours.

· Average intern parameters typically constitute 3-4 credit hours and 160 hours in the internship.

· Typical shifts are based upon the centers normal business hours between 9am and 5pm Tuesday through Friday.

· Students are required to receive a background check.

To apply send a resume, cover letter, two references (one academic, one professional), your graduate program advisor’s contact information, and semester start and end date to . Items must be submitted no later than four weeks prior to the start of a spring semester.

No phone calls, please. Although we appreciate your interest, we will only contact applicants we are considering for interview. The Prospect Park Alliance is an equal opportunity employer.


Email memo sent by speaker of NY city council , Christine Quinn about Hydro Fracturing near the NYC water reservoirs

December 3, 2009

Dear New Yorker,

We want to alert you about a troubling development for New York City's water.

On September 30, 2009, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation released a document proposing new permitting procedures and regulations for natural gas drilling in our state. In effect, this document has left an open path for an unconventional gas drilling technique, known as hydraulic fracturing, to proceed in the land areas that supply our City with its famously clean drinking water.

We are deeply troubled by this prospect. As much as 90 percent of our City's water comes from the Catskill/Delaware watershed. Natural gas drilling, a heavily industrial activity, risks introducing highly toxic chemicals into the City's drinking water. If the water were to become contaminated, the City would have to spend an estimated $10 billion to build a filtration plant and $100 million annually to operate it - further increasing water bills that have already seen double digit increases over the past three years.

If you care as deeply about the future of our City's water supply as we do, please call or write Governor Paterson and ask him and the State Legislature to explicitly ban drilling for natural gas in the City's watershed. We've gone ahead and drafted a letter that folks can easily sign on to and send to the Governor via our website. To access, click

Additionally, the State should extend the public comment period on the proposed regulations, which are found in a voluminous document called the "draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement. The public comment period should be extended through February 28, 2010.

Finally, please call or write your U.S. representative and U.S. senators and ask them to support the Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009, which would help protect drinking water supplies throughout the country from the serious risks that hydrofracking poses. You can find your representative's contact information by clicking here and your senators' contact information by clicking here. You can also call the Capitol's main switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Thanks so much for helping us protect our City's water supply.


Christine C. Quinn


New York City Council

James Gennaro

Chair, Committee on Environmental Protection

New York City Council

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Plumb Beach erosion concerns

This article I picked up from the Brooklyn Papers of the Sheepshead Bay locale

Wednesday, December 2, Home

Residents: Plumb Beach needs more than a band-aid

By Joe Maniscalco
Tuesday, December 1, 2009 9:42 PM EST
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Congressman Weiner looks over a section of the bike path that was destroyed by the last storm surge. Photo by Steve Solomonson
Plumb Beach’s latest thrashing at the hands of Mother Nature has left area resdents demanding a long-term solution to what they see as a rapidly deteriorating situation.

The latest strorm track to batter Plumb Beach last month carried away huge amounts of sand and destroyed a 150-foot sectionof the Shore Parkway Greenway running along the Belt Parkway near the Plumb Beach parking lot.

Emergency stabilization efforts - including the introduction of sandbags and rock boulders - are now underway in an effort to limit the damage.

This week, Rep. Anthony Weiner toured the site and assessed the damage along with local residents and representatives from several governmental agencies.

Those all too familiar with Plumb Beach’s history of storm damage say that this time around the area needs more than a “Band-aid” approach.

“They put sandbags in a few years ago and there’s not even any evidence of them,” Community Board 15 Chair Theresa Scavo said. “This weekend they’re predicting a storm. God forbid if the Belt Parkway is flooded, what will we do?”

The NYC Parks Department says its engineers are working with several other invovled agencies including the Department of Environmental Conservation, National Parks Service, Department of Transportation and Army Corps. of Engineers to “evaluate the long term methods of repairing the affected area.”

Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach Civic Association President Kathy Flynn called on Weiner to “quarterback” the effort.

“We’ve been many years questioning this situation and it’s always the same thing - [governmental] agencies passing the buck,” she said.

For the last several years, activists like Flynn have also been calling for dredging the mouth of Sheepshead Bay.

ADVERTISEMENTThey maintain that storm surges like the one that occurred last month not only erode Plumb Beach and threaten the Belt Parkway, they also clog navigation lanes.

“There’s colateral damage,” Flynn said. “The whole north shore is eroding away and the south shore keeps building up.”

Money that could be earmarked for that effort has not been forthcoming.

Weiner has asked all interested parties to “go back to the drawing board” to find a solution to Plumb Beach’s problems.

“Something has got to be done,” Scavo said.

One option being suggested is the installation of some sort of off-shore barrier that could theoretically deflect storm surges.

“Yes, something has to be done,” Flynn cautioned. “In the long-term I’d like to see more of a natural type of barrier rather than a cement or steel bulkhead. This is a natural area and it should be preserved that way.”

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