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Youngs Island Kayak Trip/Sapling Removal

April 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Please note, this event is for registered for Nature Initiative members only. To learn more about our youth program, click here.

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Youngs Island is a man made dredged island spanning about half a mile and runs parallel to Porpoise Channel in Stony Brook Harbor. The island is well known for being a shorebird nesting area. Unforunately, we’ve seen large stands of tree-of-heaven and saplings on the island.

We will be paddling over to Youngs Island prior to shorebird nesting season to get an early start on tree-of-heaven girdling and sapling removal. Girdling is a strategy where the outer bark and cambium layers are removed on a mature tree, with the goal of decimating the tree. Dead trees serve as snags for roosting and nesting birds and provide habitat, so they will still serve a purpose to the ecosystem. On our future visits and cleanups, we will continue to monitor trees for spotted lanternfly egg cases. We need all the hands we can get to join us!

RAINDATE: April 4th at the same time


What to bring/further instructions:

  • Clothing: Please wear water resistant clothing or something that might get a little wet and layer up- it will feel colder on the water then on land!
  • Bagged lunch and snack
  • Water bottle
  • Backpack to put extra layers in



April 3
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Town of Brookhaven Kayak Launch
51 Shore Road
Stony Brook, NY 11790 United States


Nature Initiative