Paddling Sebonac Creek with Mike Bottini

June 12, 2021

By Kathleen Kennedy


The morning dawned cool and grey with the possibility of showers arriving at any time. However, this didn’t deter the paddlers who arrived at the end of Sebonac Inlet Road to launch kayaks and explore Sebonac Creek with us. This morning’s two kayaking excursions – 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. - were our first in-person educational programs since March 2020, and we couldn’t have been more excited to see everyone. Both morning paddles were led by Mike Bottini, Wildlife Biologist with Seatuck Environmental Association, who shared observations about various wildlife at stopping points along the way. Mike discussed research on the habits of horseshoe crabs while pointing out their beach nesting sites, discussed the foraging techniques and underwater habitats of Diamondback Terrapins, the historic return of the Osprey and Bald Eagle to Long Island, and more. Paddlers developed a deeper appreciation of the impact we have on the wildlife that call these beautiful wetlands, marshes, and upland areas home. Bird species we observed included: Least Tern, Black Skimmer, Osprey, Cormorant, Snowy and Great Egret, various Gulls, American Oyster Catcher, Willet, and Piping Plover.

The Trust’s educational programming, offered through Connections and found on our website calendar, provide you with the opportunity to connect more deeply with woodland trails, waterways and marshland, local farms and farmers, public gardens, and other natural areas throughout Eastern Long Island. Join our mailing list and receive a print or e-version of Connections to keep abreast of what’s going on. We can’t wait to see you!

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