Habitat availability is essential to a healthy ecosystem. In our marine, wetland, and dune environments, meadows of grasses serve important ecosystem functions in the lifecycle of a large variety of avian and fish species by providing hunting, foraging, mating, and nursery grounds. These meadows also help anchor sand and sediment, which helps to protect our fragile shorelines from erosion and storm damage. Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is working to restore our underwater eelgrass meadows, enhance populations of marsh grasses in our wetland systems, and help strengthen our coastal dune systems by replenishing beach grass populations.
Join us in helping to restore essential marine habitat! Participants will help weave eelgrass into burlap discs used for local restoration projects. Parents/families are welcome to join in this unique project! This will be taking place outside the barn located on Shep Jones Lane in Stony Brook.
What to bring/further instructions:
- Water bottle
- Pair of garden gloves
- Clothing: long pants, high socks (in case of ticks), long sleeves, sneakers- clothing may get a little dirty