Happy Second Week of NYC’s Single Use Foam Food Container Ban, UESiders!!
Once upon a time and not-so long ago, styrofoam kernels were second only to cigarettes as waste most often found in tree beds in our hood… But less and less once the bill passed and the July 1st End Date approached!!
For sure, let’s give our ever more green selves and representatives a major pat on the back for facing down the array of industry entities and making the ban happen and real!!
Happy July Manhattanhenge Evening II!!
Have to say we were pretty ho-hum till yesterday’s Henge… And now it’s totally WOW!! May this hit your mailbox before the moment: 8:20PM!!
Last but far from least…
Happy Invasive Species Awareness Week!!
Not that we’re happy to be invaded, but we are happy to be aware and addressing!!
Then there’re the next 7 days:
Saturday, July 13th: 82nd Street/St. Stephen’s Greenmarket
82nd Street between First and York, 9am–2pm
Compost & Clothes Collection, 9am–1pm
With us will be the great people of American Pride Seafood, Bread Alone, Sikking Flowers, Samascott, Ole Mother Hubbert, Cherry Lane, SunFed Beef, Alewife, Valley Shepherd, Hawthorne Valley (with Consider Bardwell items) and, Gayeski Farms!!
Happy to say Ballard Honey’ll be returning after their July 4th weekend holiday!!
Add to the mix, it’ll be another Saturday with the Master Knife Sharpener present and ready to hone!!
Market Manager Ciana adds: “Tis’ the season for BBQ so stop by Sun Fed Beef for quality beef, pork and chicken. And don’t forget the cheese for your burgers, and omelets from Valley Sheppard, Ole Mother Hubbert AND Hawthorne Valley! And, of course, new produce’s coming into season each and every week… Last Saturday, we welcomed the first of summer corn from Gajeski Produce and Cherry Lane Farm!! Stop by Saturday to see what new’s appeared on market tables!!”
More good news from Market Manager Supremo Margaret: “New this week! Hawthorne Valley will be selling mushrooms purchased from a neighboring farm!!
Last week’s recycling totals: 74 lbs. batteries; 10 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges; 12 compost bins; 62 bags of clothes
Twelve bins on a holiday weekend??!! GREAT!!
Sunday, July 14th: 92nd Street Greenmarket
First Avenue at 92nd Street, 9am-3pm
Compost Collection, 9am-1pm
At their tables will be American Pride Seafood, Sikking Flowers, Meredith’s Bakery and Ole Mother Hubbert’s, Norwich Meadows, Halal Pastures, Phillips and Sun Fed Beef Farms!!
Yes, and the Master Knife Sharpener will be back at her table, too!!
(Made the “Margaret Salad” with 3 kinds of Norwich Meadows’ baby squash and Phillips’ scapes, chives, new onions and tomatoes!!)
Last week’s recycling totals: 8 lbs. batteries; 7 lbs cords, corks, cellphones and cartridges 6//23 – 4 compost bins; 6/30 – 4 compost bins 7/7 – 4 1/2 bins
Only 3 weeks in and and 92nd’s up 1/2 bin!!
Saturday, July 13th & Sunday, July 14th: Ridgewood Reservoir Weekend
Highland Park, Brooklyn, 10am
Saturday it’s a tour of the gorgeous 50-plus acre natural wonder on the Brooklyn- Queens border… Sunday’s a primo volunteer opportunity to clear invasive plants and replace them with pollinator-friendly, native wildflowers!! Both organizaed by the great NYC H2O!! For more and to reserve a place at one or both…
Sunday, July 14th: Green-Wood Cemetary Tree Walk
Meet at the Sunset Park Entrance, east side of 4th Avenue between 34th and 35th, Brooklyn, 11am
Sunday, July 21st: Kids Forest School
North Woods, Central Park, 9am-12pm
And we quote, “Experience a one-hour class in which instructors Sarita and Stephan of Upper Manhattan Forest Kids will lead you and your children – six and older – through nature-themed activities (like rock collecting and chalk drawing), sing-alongs, and storytelling in one of Manhattan’s most scenic forests!!” Made possible by the Natural Areas Conservancy. Free! For more and to register…
Wednesday, July 26th: Annual Hearst Fellows Symposium at the Mount Vernon Hotel Museum
421 East 61st Street, 2pm
Join this year’s great young history scholars as they present their original research on the New York City of the 1830’s!! Funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Adults, $8. Seniors & students, $7. Free to members.
Wednesday, July 31st: “Willets Point”- Flushing Bay Walking Tour
Meeting place provided with reservation, 6-8pm
Walking tourmaster Jack Eichenbaum’s just come out with his summer line-up… All interesting but this one of particular import given the many environmental issues involved… For the the full schedule, meeting place and to purchase a ticket…
How about some activism:
As in backers of the Williams Pipeline – the pipeline some would like to run across our harbor – are attempting to organize a write-in campaign in support… So, should you oppose…
Should there be doubt on the UGS opinion on landfill-to-energy, let there be none. We oppose landfill in any and all forms and here’re some reasons why… And more still… (FYI, Scandinavian countries have emptied their landfills and are now importing waste to burn.)
On to pure miscellany:
Let’s keep our eyes peeled for signs of oak wilt… (Plenty of oak street trees on the UES!!)
More scrolling down (to page 9) for the new green Statue of Liberty Museum…
The prettiest block in New York….
Of course, our NYS would having fishing opportunities for the disabled…
(Meanwhile, NYS’s having a bumper fishing year!!)
(Meanwhile, check out some of the lures removed from bodies of NYS anglers by one hospital’s staff!!)
Same for our Forest Rangers… (Really, some folks go hiking without even compass?!)
The week in critterdom:
Commencing with the perilous state of Pacific Ocean whales…
An upstate NY shark trafficker…
The biggest seizure of illegal reptiles in NYS history…
Or wisely wish to adopt best practices for avoiding ticks…
No forgetting the Hudson River Almanac:
6/29 – Bronx, New York City: While choosing sites for tree plantings in the South Bronx, I stopped on East Tremont to look at the Bronx River. Along with Bronx River is one of the last vestiges of nature on this avenue of urban blight. Today, a few feet away, I spotted a large black bird rooting around in the shadows under a shrub. My first impression was an American Crow, but it was too small. Then I considered a fish crow. However, as it emerged from the shade, I saw that it had a blueish-purple sheen to its head and a disproportionately large tail. It was too big and its tail too wide to be a common grackle. As it flew away, I realized it was a “first bird” for me, a boat-tailed grackle. – Robert Shapiro
[The boat-tailed grackle (Quiscalus major) is a bird of the coastal southeast U.S. that has been extending its range northward (there is a small breeding population in Connecticut). There have also been a few recent sightings in the Bronx and Queens. Tom Lake]
6/21 – Manhattan, HRM 1: In order to repair some of our worn research sampling gear, we went out to Hudson River Park at The River Project’s sampling station on the lighthouse tender Lilacat Pier 25. We discovered that we had caught an impressive 245 millimeter (mm) adult tautog, a handsome adult white perch (250 mm), for the second time in two days, four young-of-year oyster toadfish (21-50 mm), and lastly, a young-of-the-season blue crab. We also began to see many oyster drills congregating in the crab pots to lay their eggs. – Siddhartha Hayes, Nina Hitchings,
[The Atlantic oyster drill (Urosalpinx cinerea) is a small sea snail, a marine gastropod. The oyster drill preys on oysters by drilling though their shells to get at the oyster inside. – Tom Lake]
6/22 – Brooklyn, New York City: We took our two 20-foot seines into the water off Pier 4 at the Brooklyn Bridge Park this evening where we caught an amazing diversity of aquatic life that reflected the ecology of the East River. Most numerous among the fishes were young-of-year Atlantic tomcod, bluefish, Atlantic menhaden, Atlantic silverside, and tautog. Complementing the fishes were sand shrimp, shore shrimp, long-wristed hermit crab, ribbed mussel, soft-shell clam (steamer clam), sandworms, eastern mudsnail (Ilyanassa obsolete), and common periwinkle. The East River was 70 degrees Fahrenheit (F), and the salinity was 13.8 parts-per-thousand (ppt) – Christina Tobitsch, Peter Park
6/26 – Brooklyn, New York City: Each year, we invite the rest of the Brooklyn Bridge Conservancy staff and the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (gardeners, maintenance, operations personnel) to join us for a staff seine at the Pier 4 beach on the East River. Counting others who happened to be on the beach, we were about thirty, all eager to see what was home in the river today. Our catch reflected the season as we caught young-of-year bluefish and Atlantic silverside, as well as some slightly older striped bass. Invertebrates included moon jellyfish, mudsnails, and long-wristed, also called the long-clawed, hermit crabs (Pagurus longicarpus).
Most interesting was the opportunity to watch a pair of horseshoe crabs mating (Limulus polyphemus). We found baby horseshoe crabs at this beach last year and are hopeful there are more to come. Salinity in the East River continued to be very low for this time of year, only 13.0 ppt. – Christina Tobitsch
7/1 – New York Harbor, Upper Bay: A female Chinese mitten crab was caught today in a commercial fish trap near Governors Island. – Peter Park
[The Chinese mitten crab (Eriocheir sinensis) has been an invasive species in Europe for decades and there is genetic evidence that our east coast mitten crabs arrived here from Europe via commercial traffic in 1988. The Chinese mitten crab is native to the estuaries of China where it is highly regarded in the market. Mitten crabs are catadromous, meaning that they spend much of their life in freshwater, then return to higher salinities in the lower estuary (15-20 parts-per-thousand) to reproduce. The salinity gradients of east coast estuarine systems like the Chesapeake Bay, Delaware Bay, and the Hudson River are nearly ideal for them.
Adult mitten crabs have a carapace width of about three-inches, but six of its eight legs are almost twice as long, giving them an almost “spider crab” look. Unlike the native blue crab, a swimming crab, mitten crabs are “burrowing crabs,” similar to our mud crabs only many times larger. They have a generalist diet, varied in prey, and their potential ecological impact on east coast estuaries is still unknown.
If you encounter a mitten crab in New York State, please notify Cathy McGlynn, NYSDEC Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator (518-408-0436, email@example.com). Do not release them live! If you take photos, make certain that you take both dorsal and ventral views so we can determine its sex. Sarah Fernald]
Then there’s the Fish of the Week:
6/23 – Hudson River Watershed: For week 28-29, the Fish-of-the-Week is the guaguanche (Sphyraena guachancho), number 196 (of 228) on our watershed list of fishes:
The guaguanche is closely related (shares the same genus) to last week’s barracuda, the northern sennet (S. borealis). Both are much smaller versions of the great barracuda (S. barracuda) that can get to be more than six-feet-long. The presence of our two smaller barracudas in the estuary has been tenuous at best, with fewer than five records of each, all immatures of index-finger size. However, the phrase “we have barracuda in the Hudson River” is often a useful comment to recapture the attention of students. Like the northern sennet, guaguanche are found in coastal waters from Cape Cod to Florida, and like all barracuda, are a toothy predator. Guaguanche are a bit larger than northern sennet, reaching two-feet in length. Both of our small barracudas are considered uncommon north of Chesapeake Bay. – Tom Lake
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