Please join us in thanking our sponsors – Heather and Danon Robinson, Kristen and John Hall, George Heflich, OceanFirst Foundation, Susan and Ty Olson, Dr. Andrew and Nancy Soiefer, Art for Sea, “Aw, Shucks!” Oyster Shell Recycling Project, Cumberland Mutual, Diana Landreth, German, Vreeland, and Associates, LLP, Little Silver Bottle Shop, Mazza Recycling, Robbyn O’Neill, PSEG, Ross Brewing, Cathy Steele, and Tito’s Vodka.
The event was made a stunning success with the help of the Host Committee led by Anne Marie Coon and Heather Robinson.
We are just $3,027.75 (9%) from meeting our fundraising goal, and we are still accepting donations! If you’d like to help meet that goal, you can do so by clicking here before October 9.
If you weren’t able to make it this year, we hope you’ll save the date to join us for the Fourth Littorally Local on Friday, September 16, 2022!
September Festivals Highlight
Littoral Society Oyster Work
The last weekend of September was all about oysters at the American Littoral Society.
Society staff attended festivals in Asbury Park and Red Bank at which we recycled shucked oyster shells by the bucket full.
On Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25, we were at AsburyFest talking about the Society's Operation Oyster work, including our "Shuck It, Don't Chuck It" oyster shell recycling program, as well as how those shells are being used to help restore bays, estuaries and beaches in New Jersey.
On Sunday, Sept. 26, we pitched our tent at the Red Bank Guinness & Oyster Fest for a crazy day of talking about our work in the Two Rivers area, while collecting the shells from about 8,000 oysters consumed by festival attendees.
Shells collected from those events pushed our total shell collected this year from participating restaurants to nearly five tons. The recycled shell is trucked to our curing site on Sandy Hook, where they spend about a year in the sun before being used for living shoreline and reef projects around NJ.
Meet at the little church in Fort Tilden. We will hike along the beach, dunes, and woodland trails to look for eagles, hawks, falcons, osprey, other raptors, as well as monarch butterflies migrating south along the coast. We will also visit the hawk watch platform on top of Battery Harris East.
The walk will be led by the Littoral Society's Don Riepe. Bring binoculars. Youngsters welcome. You must be vaccinated and wear a mask.
For more info and directions call 718-474-0896 or e-mail email@example.com This is a partnership program with NYC Audubon.
Join the Littoral Society for a special program including LIVE raptors.
Participants will visit the refuge pond areas as well as Fort Tilden's 195th Street beach to look for migrating Sharpshinned and Cooper's Hawks, Peregrine Falcons, Northern Harriers, Kestrels, Merlins, and maybe a Bald Eagle or two. Lots of passerines should be migrating along the coastal barrier island as well.
For more information contact Littoral Soceity Northeast Chapter Director Don Riepe at 718-474-0896 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get into the Halloween Spirit on this moonlight walk around Historic Fort Hancock where ghosts have been known to linger.
Cider and fall snacks will be provided. Dress for the weather and be prepared to walk a couple of miles. Fun for the whole family, ages 10 and up.
The October 21 walk will be offered initially only to Littoral Society members, while the October 28 walk will be open to the general public. Littoral Society members will be emailed a link to register for the member's only walk. Click here to become a Littoral Society member.
Join the staff of the American Littoral Society's Delaware Bayshore office for a nighttime walk through the marsh and out to Thompsons Beach, guided only by the light of the full moon.
We will listen for critters rustling in the Spartina marsh grass and keep our eyes peeled for roosting birds. Down at the beach, we’ll explore the wonders of Thompsons at night, enjoy some light refreshments, and hear stories about the community that was washed away in a storm, as well as the work the Littoral Society is doing to protect this ecosystem.
Families, children, and people of all ages who love exploring nature after dark are welcome. Dress for the weather and to walk about 2 miles.
If there is a chance of heavy rain, the walk will take place Saturday, October 23.
Earth Care Day at Cheesequake State Park
Sunday, October 3
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Cheesequake State Park
300 Gordon Road
Bring the whole family to Cheesequake State Park for an afternoon at Earth Care Day! This free outdoor festival has games, crafts, scavenger hunts with prizes, and so many more activities to engage with nature.
There will be a Bird Walk and Talk, Forest Exploration, Build a Rain Barrel demo, and Home Beekeeping Focused Talk.
Families can also take part in a volunteer activities, such as a tree planting. Advance registration is required for volunteer projects due to limited space.
Are you ready to ROCK? Head to the Jersey Shore for a night out at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park. Tom Kaminski is the MC for the evening while you enjoy great music from NO XQUSE, Revolver, Jump Back, and Echo Charlie!
All proceeds from the 4th annual concert for the environment go to support the programs and services of nonprofits like the American Littoral Society! So enjoy the music by local bands, silent auction, and more while benefiting a great cause.
The first 100 people to enter receive a free event t-shirt! More will be available for purchase. All ages welcome; must be 21+ to purchase alcohol.
2nd Annual Witches and Warlocks Paddle
Saturday, October 23,
3 - 5 p.m.
Rain Date: Saturday, October 30
Launch from location of choice;
meet on the river at Fair Haven town dock
GPS: 21 Fair Haven Road
Fair Haven, NJ
Grab a pointy hat, cape, and broom...ahem... paddle of choice for a magical time on the Navesink River. Come out for fun and to make a voluntary charitable donation to the American Littoral Society - the designated charity for this year's event.
Costumes are not required, but are highly encouraged.
A total of 39 volunteers - 27 adults and 12 children - came out on Wednesday, Sept. 15 for a New York State Beach Cleanup at Jones Beach. It was just one of many beach cleanups conducted as part of this year's program.
Participants removed 22 pounds of trash. What's more, the beach was packed and those involved in the cleanup took the opportunity spread the good word about the program.
The official 2021 International Coastal Cleanup season extends from August 1 through December 31 and anyone can take part. Join a group or start one of your own and document marine debris impacting the shorelines of New York State.
We hope you've been training because the date for the 6th Annual Lobster Run 5k to Care for the Coast is fast approaching. Once again the event will take place on the fabulous Asbury Park, NJ boardwalk, with an after-party hosted by Langosta Lounge.
You can register to run and eat, as well as just run or eat. Also, there will be no mass start. Instead we will use a time trial method with four different start times 9AM, 9:30, 10AM, 10:30, with all runners departing single file.
Join the American Littoral Society for a fall weekend along the Delmarva coast. Birdwatchers are likely to see snow geese, widgeons, teals, ruddy ducks, loons, shovelers, eagles, late shorebirds, and maybe a surprise or two.
Mammals you might encounter include Sika deer, the endangered Delmarva fox squirrel, wild ponies, red fox and otters.
Cost includes three nights lodging at The Refuge Inn (double occupancy), 3-hour boat tour of island, 2-hour Safari bus tour of backwater marshes, welcome seafood dinner at a local restaurant, evening program and star watch, plus guided hikes at Chincoteague Refuge and Assateague National Seashore.
The Inn has an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, sauna, exercise room, conference room and sun/star observation deck. Breakfasts at Inn included in price.
What to bring: Warm clothes (hat, gloves), shorts/etc. for warm weather (it can be in 60’s), raincoat, binoculars, bathing suit, flashlight. Let me know if you need a ride or want riders. Van rental if needed, add $150 per person shared cost.
Interested in learning the basics of surf fishing, including casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection and reading a beach? Join Emily McGuckin, Fish Tagging Director for the American Littoral Society, on a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach.
All skill levels are welcome. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, but bring your own if you have it. Children under 18 are welcome with a supervising adult.
Coffee and doughnuts will be provided but please bring your lunch.
We know a year is a long time to look ahead, but the Littoral Society is excited to announce that the date for next year’s Littorally Local celebration has been set for Saturday, September 17, 2022.
We hope to see you this year’s cruise, but also hope you save the date to join us next year!
NORTHEAST CHAPTER NEWS
In case you missed it: Jamaica Bay Pollinator Walk
Tune in for a pollinator walk led by Don Riepe, Director of the Littoral Society Northeast Chapter. On Sept. 19, as part of the Jamaica Bay Pollinator Festival, Don took participants on a hike around the ponds and gardens of the Wildlife Refuge to look for butterflies, moths, bees, and other pollinators. He also talked about the incredible migration of the monarch butterfly, which includes an eastern flyway that comes through New York and New Jersey. The video was initially carried via Facebook Live.
Littoral Society Honored for Habitat Restoration of Delaware Bay Beaches
The American Littoral Society will receive a special recognition award at the Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin’s Board of Directors 38th Annual Recognition Dinner, which will be held on Tuesday, September 21, at The Water Works in Philadelphia.
The Littoral Society was cited for leading pioneering conservation and resilience work to restore Cooks Beach, Reeds Beach and other critical locations along the Delaware Bayshore.
The Littoral Society is one of several individuals, environmental organizations, government agencies, and companies that will be honored for contributions to sound water resource management in the basin.
The list of 2020 Award Recipients also includes:
Samuel S. Baxter Memorial Award – Mr. Gerald Esposito
Watch a time lapse of Littoral Society Staff Working on a Living Shoreline
In August the American Littoral Society and volunteers created a hybrid living shoreline on Shark River Island in Neptune Township, NJ.
The work on the living shoreline was part of a larger project to stabilize an eroding shoreline that is owned by Seaview at Shark River Island Homeowners Association (a community of approximately 200 townhouses).
In addition to planting nearly 2,000 plugs of native grasses in the eroded marsh to widen the storm buffer between the inlet and the island, society staff also installed native shrubs and grasses along the newly created upland berm to further establish a stronger, more resilient shoreline that relies on nature and provides new habitat.
More Public Sand for Jersey Shore Town With Access Issues
DEAL, N.J. (AP) — A Jersey Shore town with a long history of trying to discourage outsiders from using its beaches is about to get millions of dollars worth of new sand, paid for by federal and New Jersey taxpayers.
U.S. Rep Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat, said Monday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will conduct beach replenishment in three towns in November, including Deal. The federal government is paying 65%, or $17 million, of the $26 million project.
Beach access advocates say Deal has one of the worst records of any Jersey Shore town when it comes to requirements that the state's beaches be open and accessible to all. And there is an explicit requirement that towns that accept publicly paid-for sand as part of beach replenishment comply with public beach access rules, including providing adequate public parking within a reasonable distance.
Deal has tried numerous times to enact laws that would allow only residents of some streets closest to the beach to park there during the summer, and it is being sued by a coastal advocacy group fighting its sale to a neighboring homeowner of a street end used by surfers and others to get onto the beach.
CAMDEN, N.J. (NJ SPOTLIGHT) — Plans for a water trail at Camden were boosted Monday with the announcement of $500,000 in new federal funding intended to help the project become a reality.
The grant was part of $11.5 million from two funds administered by the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation to more than 40 local groups in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Delaware working on improving the natural environment in the Delaware River Basin.
In Camden, the new money accelerates the realization of the planned 13-mile trail that will allow kayakers, canoeists and small motorboats to travel the Delaware and Cooper Rivers, through dense urban neighborhoods and past long-neglected natural sites.
The idea of the water trail, said Don Baugh, president of Upstream Alliance — the nonprofit that received the money — is to reconnect residents of one of America’s poorest cities with the rivers that surround them, and which represent a largely inaccessible recreational asset.
Mayor Ben Lucarelli has resigned after serving Fair Haven for more than a decade.
"It's been an honor to serve the borough I love and I'm looking forward to spending more time with my family," Lucarelli told the Asbury Park Press Thursday afternoon.
Lucarelli championed "complete streets" programs, a policy perspective that has a goal of including sidewalks and bike lanes to roads to ensure safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Lucarelli also pushed to improve water quality of the Navesink River, leading an effort to reform a joint municipal river committee with neighboring towns. The river committee partnered with Clean Ocean Action, which brought in specially trained, sewage-sniffing dogs to identify the cause of water pollution, and the American Littoral Society to work on an oyster program to help clean the water.
New Jersey Eyes $16B Plan for Gates, Elevations for Flooding
TRENTON, NJ (NBC NEW YORK) — Huge gates that could be slammed shut when major storms approach would be built across the mouths of three inlets in New Jersey, closable barriers would cut parts of two bays in half, and 19,000 homes would be raised as part of a $16 billion plan to address back bay flooding, one of the major sources of storm damage at the Jersey Shore.
After five years of study, federal and state officials unveiled recommendations Thursday that would drastically change the appearance of some iconic spots at the shore.
It also would be one of the most ambitious and costly efforts any U.S. state has yet taken to address back bay flooding. This refers to floods that are not primarily caused by waves crashing over ocean barriers, but by stealthily rising water levels in bays along inland shorelines.
“It's not a surprise that the Army Corps wants to built it big: That's what they do,” said Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society, a coastal protection group. “When you only have one tool in your kit, that's the one you use.”
Dillingham said the state should use more of the proposed $16 billion in funding to buy and demolish homes in flood-prone areas. The state already has such a program, but it has not bought a single home along the ocean because no one thus far has wanted to give up their valuable real estate.
Your loyalty and support enable us to continue to protect and care for the coast. Your membership supports marine science education programs for thousands of students, protecting and restoring marine life and habitat, and our efforts to defend the coast from harm.
You are vitally important to this work; coastal conservation is a group effort. Your membership in the Society adds your voice to many others in support of marine life and the coast.
Seniors can join or renew for $30, and Individuals for $40, or Families for $50.
There are more ways than ever to show your support for the American Littoral Society. Now available at the Society online store are short-sleeve t-shirts in multiple designs/colors, as well as long-sleeve t's and baseball caps with the Society's name and/or logo.
The long-sleeve shirts have the definition of littoral on the back. The baseball caps are focused on the Society's Fish Tagging Program and feature a tagged black seabass.
Purchase proceeds cover the cost of the item and contribute to the Society's operating budget.
You can support the Littoral Society by purchasing our official merchandise through our store on Bonfire.com. All proceeds support coastal conservation!
In addition to shirts in a variety of designs, our Bonfire merchandise now includes Coastal Canine Doggie Tees, a beach tote, and a women's racerback style bearing the Knots for Crabs design.
Bonfire is a free online platform where anyone can design, sell, and buy custom products. We handle payment processing, order fulfillment, and customer service so you can focus on connecting with your community.
Make sure that our coast remains a home for the coastal wildlife you love. A bequest to the American Littoral Society is a generous and straightforward way to care for the coast. This can be expressed in a will as simply as, “I bequeath [a sum of money, a percentage of my estate, or an IRA, life insurance policy, or investment/bank account] to the American Littoral Society, 18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite 1, Highlands, NJ 07732.”
Consult with your attorney to determine what is best for your situation.
Your membership donation helps the Society reach its fundraising goals to keep our coast safe and healthy. It also helps our staff create new and exciting ways to connect you with the coast even if we can't be there physically together. If you would like to go above and beyond membership, please explore these other ways you can help the Littoral Society continue to care for the coast.