Happy Earth Hour Day, UESiders!!

Of course, we all know how we celebrate:  Tomorrow, Saturday, at 8:30pm, wherever on our home planet we might be, we turn lights off for the next 60 minutes!! 

Perfect excuse for a candlelight dinner…  To take in a movie…   You name it (as long as no light bulbs are involved)!!

Or maybe just take an hour’s rest as this crazy-busy April begins:

Now:  Volunteer for the Hudson River Eel Count Project

You Can Sign Up Online

For the last dozen years, teams of scientists, students and community members have collected, counted, measured, weighed and release glass eels, a species in decline over much of its range and in need of a base studies for conservation…  And one of those community members could be you!!  For more on the eels, the project and how to sign up

Saturday, March 30th:  82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket

82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm

Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm

Participatory Budget Voting at the Market this Saturday at 10am-1pm!!

At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, SunFed Beef,  Ballard Honey, Hawthorne Valley (with  Consider Bardwell items), Gayeski and Nolasco Farms!!

Then there’s this news from Mega Market Manager Margaret:  “Spring is in 82nd Street air…  Which this week means Alewife will be at the market with freshly picked spinach and arugula (in addition to a some storage crops)!!  Could this mean the first spinach salad of the season??!! 

No question, as spring crops begin to appear on market tables, our “winter only” farmers – Nolasco Farm and Hawthorne Valley – deserve our special thanks for showing up through all kinds of crazy weather and  keeping our market and neighborhood kitchens well-stocked thoughout winter!!  (Both will be with us for another month or so, until the season farmers return on a regular basis!!)”

So, do reach out and give our winter friends a big, warm thank you!! 

Last Week’s Recycling Totals –  86 lbs batteries;  15 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges;   4 pairs eye glasses;   12 compost bins;  37 bags of clothes

Wow!!  (Only mascara wands missing…)

Saturday, March 30th:  Plover Fencing Volunteer Event

Piping Plover Nesting Areas, Bayville, Long Island  10am-12:30pm

A sure sign of spring?  Migrating Piping Plovers (endangered) and American Oystercatchers (of conservation concern) arriving  on Long Island!!   Arriving, nesting and needing protection for their chicks!!  One big way to help?  Audubon’s  annual day installing string fencing and signage are those nesting areas!!  For more and to sign on

Saturday, March 30th to Sunday, April 7th:  Participatory Budget Vote

Locations Around Districts 4 & 5 and Online (commencing on March 30th)!!

Really worthy community projects to choose from and all’s that needed is YOUR TOTALLY IMPORTANT VOTE!!  Couldn’t be easier, folks!!  Just be a resident of either CM Kallos’ or Powers’ Districts, be 11 years old or in at least 6th grade!!  Let’s spend the CMs $1M really well!!

On the horizon:

Friday & Saturday, April 5th & 6th:  37th National Pesticide Forum 

New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue

The mission:  Eliminating pesticides where we live, work, learn and play…  And heaven knows, NYers encounter these poisons in at least one of those places…  Our parks!!  Time to be versed on the alternatives!!   Organized by Organic Strategies.  Includes a field trip to bio-diverse, toxin-free Battery Park and East Harlem’s NYCHA Wagner Houses Farm!!  General admission, $85.  Students, $25.   Business, $175.  Large non-profit, $100.  Small non-profit, 0 (Yes, zero.)  For more and to register

Tuesday, April 9th:  Presentation of the NY & NJ Harbors & Tributaries Study by the Army Corps of Engineers

Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, 1 Bowling Green, 5-7pm

A study that matters to UESiders for at least 2 huge reasons:  1) Management/ mitigation of the increasingly severe storms affecting the waters surrounding our city and 2) the shocking proposal to run yet another fracked gas pipeline – the Williams Pipeline – and through the NYC harbor!!  One of  7 meetings in the area studied.  For the report…  A summary of that report…  And where to forward your comments

Wednesday, April 10th:  Mappy Hour Skills Series – Map Reading

718 Cyclery,  254 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, 7-9pm

Get familiar and comfortable reading a variety of types of maps, as well as knowing how to use your newly acquired knowledge for navigation in the woods or on whatever terra  you might find yourself!!  Sponsored by Mighty Hachet.  $25.  For more and to register (a must)

Saturday, April 13th:  Environmental Stewardship Day at Ruppert Park

Ruppert Park, Second Avenue Entrance, 10am-1pm  (rain date April 27th)

Join our friends and Ruppert Park Stewards, the Moslem Volunteers for New York as they transform this long-neglected public space into an UES jewel/oasis!!    Beautify, plant and mulch!!   Partake arts, crafts music, refreshments and more!!    Totally family friendly!!  Just let them know you’re coming (a must)…

Saturday, April 13th:  Schurz Park Easter Egg Hunt!!

East End Avenue at 86th Street, 11am–1pm

Hunt for eggs!!  Get a glitter cheek or hand stamp!!  Get up close and personal with the Carl Schurz Easter Bunny!!  Free!!  (Parent Alert:  Continuous waves of egg hunts commence at 11 and continue every 20 minutes until 1!) 

Wednesday, April 17th:  Indoor Climbing with Mappy Hour

Brooklyn Boulders Queensbridge,  23-10 41st Ave, Long Island City,  7-8:30pm 

Described by the ultra outdoors enthusiasts of Mappy Hour as, “a night of bouldering and climbing”!!  All skill levels welcome.  $29 for a one day pass.  To reserve/register for a place…  And for tickets…  (Yes, two separate operations!)

Monday, April 22nd:  Earth Day Mystery Green Tour

Around Manhattan, several tours at various times

Sites this year might include a river education lab right on the Hudson River, a zero-waste office, a state-of-the-art NYC Department of Sanitation facility and/or a rooftop farm!!  A partnership between Atlas Obscura and The Earth Day Initiative.  $28.  For more and tickets

Tuesday, April 23rd:  Earth Day 2019!!

Union Square, 12-6:30pm

Dozens of environmental non-profits, green businesses, kids’ activities, live performances and more!!  The traditional center of NYC festivities honoring the Mother Planet!!  Free!! 

Thursday & Friday, April 25th & 26th:  Older Adult Employment Strategies, Support and Job Fair

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, 331 East 70th Street, Thursday – 9:45am-1pm, Friday – 10am-1pm

Calling all older adults!!  Interested in some gainful employment?   Then tap into this dual session event organized by our Senator Krueger!!  Thursday’s session covers job search strategies and support…  Friday’s job coaching, resume development, a LinkedIn workshop, a photo shoot AND 20 employers seeking to hire older individuals!!  The only three caveats here:  Participants must be Senator Krueger constituents, must bring their present resume and must sign up or  212-490-9535.  Co-sponsored by New York Public Library Science, Industry and Business Library.  

Friday, April 26th:  Schurz Park Electronics Recycling Event

Carl Schurz Park, East End Avenue & 86th Street, 10am-4pm

So you’ve been postponing that trip over to Best Buy with a taxi full of aged electronics…  Lucky you, you’ll soon be able to shed it all-but on your front doorstep!!  Organized by Lower East Side Ecology Center.  Free.  For what’s accepted

Saturday, April 27th:  The New World of the Number 7 Train Tour

Meeting place provided with reservation, 10am-5:30pm

Veteran tour meister Jac EIchenbaum leads a series of 6 walks – each an gem – commencing with the the transportation corridor forged by the Number 7 from its first days serving the city in 1914!!  $49.  For more and to RSVP

Coming up in May:

Saturday, May 4th:  Keys to the City – The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt

All Around Town, 10am-4pm

And we quote, “50 clues, 2 boroughs, 1 winner. The Museum of the City of New York presents the ultimate New York City scavenger hunt”!!  Yup, it’s raising funds for the MCNY while having a great time!! $50.  For details and to sign up

Monday, May 6th:  6th Annual Esplanade Friends Spring Benefit

The Bentley Hotel, 500 East 62nd Street at York Avenue, 6:30-8:30pm

Set foot on our East River Esplanade of late?  Bet you’ve been amazed at steady transformation…  The lovely landscaping along the Rockefeller U…  The GreenParkGardeners’ amazing natural pollinator-friendly garden…  The sea of flowering bulbs and summer flora in the 96th Street Planter…  The on-going work by Hospital for Special Surgery and Sloan-Kettering in the Seventies…   So much accomplished!!  So much to be done!!  And we all can be a part of magnificent UES waterfront soon-to-be!!  Tickets from $150.  For the total lowdown

Monday, May 13th:  The Hunter College Choir Presents Mozart’s Requiem

Hunter College Assembly Hall,  North Building, 695 Park Avenue (entry on 69th between Park and Lexington Avenues, 7:30pm 

One marvelous spring concert that includes not only the Requiem but the Vesperae solennes de confessore,  Laudate Dominum and Ave verum Corpus, too!!  Free.   For more…    (Thanks to Linda Goldsmith for the tip!!)

What would a week be without some miscellaneous activism:

As in if you believe the governor should be discouraged from building an $88M fracked gas plant to heat and cool the NYS capitol complex (rather than geothermal), give him a quick call at 518-474-8390…

Or if you’re still in the endangered gray wolf’s corner and think it should remain protected

And the headline reads:  “U.S. weakens first global commitment on curbing single-use plastics“…

More reason still for an end to landfill… 

Good to be informed on rising contentiousness over and future of Sutton Place’s Clara Coffey Park…  


The Great American Cardboard Comeback

Don’t we all want our coffee green as can be

An injured hawk…  A rhino skull…  Conservation Officers had another hectic week

And from the world of animals:

Yikes!!  Headed up north in NYS to Essex County?  Be alert for rabid critters the DEC advises!!

Check out pix documenting the result of NYS’s and USFWS’s work with our migrating waterfowl… 

Of course, Central Park’s a red hot spot to view migrating birds of all kinds… 

(That mandarin duck now residing in Central Park?  It’s now been joined by another avian beauty…  A totally gorgeous blue heron!!)

How to steer clear of bear “encounters”

NYS trout and salmon fishing season opens April 1st… 

Trout Season Opens

And from the great Tom Lake of the Hudson River Almanac:

3/18 – Hudson River Watershed: This week’s fish is the brown bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus), species number 77 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes. (If you would like a copy of our list, e-mail: trlake7@aol.com.)

bullhead fish

A Bullhead

[Brown bullhead is a catfish native to the Hudson River watershed. They are one of eight members of their family (Ictaluridae) of bullhead catfishes and are found throughout New York State. They are a small species, rarely exceeding one-foot in length and feed primarily on Crustacea and small fishes. – Tom Lake]

(Who gives these names to our animal friends?!!)

3/21 – Hudson River, HRM 145-132: Last week’s harp seal as well as a harbor seal were still being sighted in the Hudson River between New Baltimore and Albany. An updated protocol was released this week from Maxine Montello, Rescue Program Director, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation to help, if you come upon a seal, document the presence of these marine mammals in the Hudson River.

– To report a sick or injured marine mammal or sea turtle, please call the New York State 24-hour Hotline at (631) 369-9829. If you have photos or videos of live marine mammals or sea turtles, please send them to sightings@riverheadfoundation.org. If you have photos or videos of deceased marine mammals or sea turtles, please send them to sightings@amseas.org.

[Marine mammals began visiting the Hudson River estuary following the Ice Age and after the retreat of glacial ice from the Hudson Valley about 13,000 years ago. With lower sea levels, it took a while for the ocean waters to find the lower river, but not long after the first of us arrived, about 12,000 years ago, marine mammals were likely quite common. Tom Lake

[The list of Hudson River estuary marine mammals documented in the Hudson River Almanac across the last 25 years includes:

– harbor seal (Phoca vitulina)
– hooded seal (Cystophora cristata)
– gray seal (Halichoerus grypus)
– harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus)
– common (harbor) porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)
– Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus)
– bottlenose (common) dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
– Florida manatee-2006 (Trichechus manatus latirostris)
– minke whale-2007 (Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
– humpback whale-2016 (Megaptera novaeangliae).

3/21 – Saugerties:  I checked a local road in the Town of Saugerties after dark and found a relatively small movement of amphibians heading to their breeding pools. Over the course of 90 minutes, I encountered three Jefferson/blue-spotted salamanders, 15 red-spotted salamanders, and four four-toed salamanders. Oddly, there were no frogs seen or heard on or near the roadway this night. – Steve Chorvas

Dreaming in spring green,


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