Happy World Oceans Day, UESiders!!
And the theme of the 2017 celebration?
Plastic pollution… Both in the water and on beaches!!
(Why are we not surprised?!)
Shall we all double down on our recycling efforts??
On to the week ahead:
Saturday, June 10th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
Uber Market Manager Margaret speaks, “Samascott has Strawberries and they are incredible!! Get there early because they are sure to go quickly. Not only is Cherry Lane back but Lew’s got greenhouse tomatoes, some lettuce, squash and more this week. Old Mother Hubbert now has maple syrup and Rose is making cheese! She has several different flavors, all delicious and all made by hand with milk from her own cows!!
And, of course, also with us will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Ballard’s Honey, Hudson Valley Duck, Rising Sun Beef, Alewife, Hawthorne Valley, Sikking Flowers and Gajeski Farms!!
Lucky us, the Master Knife Sharpener will be at her table, too!!
Last week’s recycling totals – TBA
As the bin count tension builds…
Wednesday, June 14th: Young Leaders for a Green Future Forum
Seafarers and International House, 123 East 15th Street, 6:30pm
Could there be anything more cheerful than the presentation of a host of green initiatives by an inspired great bunch of students?! The latest in the NY Sierra Club’s Sustainability Series. Suggested donations: Adults, $6. Students, $3.
Coming up soon:
Thursday, June 15th: Theodore Roosevelt Park Environmental Impact Hearing
Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th (enter on Columbus Avenue), 6pm
Looks like the Natural History Museum’s about to take that 1/4 acre bite out of Theordore Roosevelt Park… But citizens have a last chance to weigh in on both sides. To review the opposing arguments and register to speak…
Thursday, June 22nd: Oak Wit Workshop
Grand Conference Room, Trees New York, 100 Gold Street, 6:30pm
Slowly but surely oak wilt’s making inroads among NYC trees… Identified just last fall in Brooklyn’s Greenwood Cemetery!! An essential defense: knowledgeable New Yorkers able to identify the symptoms and report an afflicted tree!! Be one of those knowledgeable New Yorkers!! Free. For more and to reserve a place...
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, July 13th, 14th & 15th: 25th Annual NYS ReLeaf Conference
St. John’s University, Queens
Calling all Tree People!! We’re talking 3 days of workshops, tours, illustrious tree-centric speakers, a screening of the 9/11 Memorial film “The Trees” and a picnic! Tickets, $0 – $120. For full details and to register…
Miscellany… The good and the grouchy:
Maryland’s now joined California as the two states to prohibit routine antibiotic use on farm animals! (Come on, NYS!!)
Great that NYC passed reforms to the Board of Standard and Appeals… Meaning we the people’ll have at least a little more say in how big/tall/massive future buildings can be!!
If only he’d seen the light before setting the 91st Street MTS in motion, but good on former Mayor Bloomberg for his stance on the Paris Climate Agreement and offer to cover America’s $14M share of the accord’s budget.
Meanwhile, Comptroller Stringer’s just announced that the NYC pension fund will be divesting itself of investments in private prisons.
Happy as we are to have more affordable housing on the UES, check out the latest addition to that short list: 321 East 60th Street… Midblock on 60th (albeit self-categorizing as “Sutton”), next door to the Sapphire Gentleman’s Club, 3-4 stories wrapped in a Queensboro Bridge ramp with ramp traffic speeding by on both of the buiding’s street level exposures, its principal tenant amenity (the other being for-charge parking) being a laundry room and views either of the side of the ramp or a pair of giant billboards some 30 feet away. (Do the multiplication for the units reserved for mobility/hearing/vision impaired!) nviting, huh?
The Times instructs on how to approach our ecological travels…
In the who knew department: Free e-books on the NYC subway and timed to fit our rides!! (Been available since August of 2016!!)
Apple Music first series on its new video platform… “Planet of the Apps”!
And the Bird of the Week is… The Northern Bobwhite!!
No kidding! There’re 5 and 6-foot sturgeon swimming around in a Lake Cayuga tributary!! (How big might they get in the lake proper?!!)
On to this week’s entries from the Hudson River Almanac, up first rampaging teen beavers:
5/27 – New Hamburg, HRM 67.5: Our home, Rabbit Island (1.3 square acres), was under siege from beavers. They were thriving. Last week one came ashore and in less than 45 minutes cut down three trees and carted them off the island to parts unknown, all in broad daylight. They have stripped branches off several of our weeping Alaskan cedars and sampled the bark of hemlocks, a gold-thread cypress, and various arbor vitae around the periphery of the island. The biggest loss was a prize 30 year-old lace-leaf weeping Japanese red maple which they dispatched in a few minutes but then couldn’t get past the wire fence we had installed to keep beavers off the island. Our friend, “Trapper Steve” (a licensed trapping instructor) thinks these are adolescent beavers booted out of a local lodge. It is difficult to mount a defense when they could be coming ashore anywhere around the entire circumference of our island. – David Cullen
[Suggestions from Almanac readers would be helpful and most appreciated. Encircling the entire property with chicken wire is not an aesthetically appealing option. We have already put chicken wire around many of the most valuable trees but the island is beginning to look like a giant poultry barn. We currently have two radios with classical music playing at high volume 24/7 hoping to deter further incursions. Trapper Steve believes that short of catching them in a box trap, the best deterrent would be an electric fence. Dave Cullen]
And results of the Great Fish Count in NYC:
6/3 – Hudson River Estuary: During today’s third annual World Science Festival Great Fish Count, we sampled at 17 sites in the lower estuary and around New York City. Our totals were 1,009 fish of 26 species – the highest species total over three years, exceeding the 25 species (2,607 fish) at 15 sites last year. Our 2016 total individuals count – our highest over the three years – was swelled by the 2,000 bay anchovies taken in one seine haul at Lemon Creek Park on Staten Island. Five new species were added to our count list: conger eel (Valentino Pier, Brooklyn); common carp (in 4.0 ppt salinity at Englewood Boat Basin, New Jersey); oyster toadfish (Piers 25 and 84 in Hudson River Park, Manhattan); scup (Kaiser Park, Brooklyn); and cunner (Gantry Plaza State Park, Queens). That brought the total number of species caught over three years to 33.
The bay anchovy was again the most commonly caught fish, although we did not encounter any huge schools this year. The most widely distributed species were winter flounder, bay anchovy, and northern pipefish – each caught at seven sites. Atlantic silversides seemed low this year – only 41 at six sites compared to 270 at nine sites in 2016 and 202 at six sites in 2015. – Steve Stanne
6/3 – Manhattan, HRM 13-11: As part of the Great Fish Count, we seined two locations in northern Manhattan. Our first stop was Inwood Park near Spuyten Duyvil where the salinity was 8.0 ppt (last year the salinity was 13.5 ppt). Our seine caught a colorful mix of young-of-the-year Atlantic menhaden, Atlantic silversides, bay anchovies, and mummichogs; some of the latter showed splendid male breeding colors. In the back of the net we also found eight quarter-sized winter flounder.
Our next stop was Fort Washington Park, just south of the George Washington Bridge. The heavy rain of the last week had lowered the salinity to 5.0 ppt, well below the 16.0 we found last year. We had hoped for a repeat of last year’s lined seahorse but settled for three (closely related) northern pipefish. There were also Atlantic menhaden, several winter and summer flounder, an impressive hogchoker (140 mm), white perch, and a handful of bay anchovies. We were puzzled by three beautifully marked spotted hake, each nearly six inches long, barely alive, that were floating in the water. We wondered what could have caused their condition. – Margie Turrin, Brent Turrin, Allison Philpott
[Spotted hake (Urophycis regia) is one of eight members of the cod family (Gadidae) documented for the Hudson River estuary. For a checklist of all 226 species, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Tom Lake.]
6/3 – Staten Island, New York City: Thirty-five participants helped us sample Lemon Creek on Staten Island for the Great Fish Count. The salinity on the beach was 21.0 ppt as we seined up a silver “confetti” of young-of-the-year bay anchovies and Atlantic menhaden. Additional treasures included striped killifish northern pipefish, winter flounder, windowpane flounder, and several types of Crustacea. In the tidal pond we caught blue crabs, mummichogs, four-spine sticklebacks, an American eel (elver), and a dramatic horseshoe crab. Sea water enters the tidal pond only at high tide, and the salinity was 23.0 ppt. – Chris Bowser