We are sad we cannot meet in person this year for our walk, but we value all of you and your safety. We hope to see everyone soon. Have a great holiday!
Music by: Scott Holmes Music - A Peaceful Winter from Free Music Archive
Join Us for Virtual New Year's Walks
Friday, January 1
For the first time in over 35 years, the American Littoral Society is going virtual with our annual New Year’s Day walks.
The Society's staff put together a list of their favorite trails local to our offices and their homes on Alltrails.com. Click the first link to explore the list, or the second to search for other trails near you.
Or keep on your PJ's, pull up a comfy chair, grab a hot cup of cocoa, and join the Northeast Chapter's annual walk from the comfort of home via Facebook Live at 11 a.m. on Friday! Click Interested or Going through the Facebook event and you will be notified when the virtual walk begins.
The American Littoral Society’s Annual Appeal is both our End of Year Giving Campaign and our start of the Year Giving Campaign. The effort extends through the end of February.
You can make an impact on coastal conservation, and you can have an impact on the Society’s success. As we continue to navigate these uncharted waters, please consider making a donation to the Littoral Society’s annual giving campaign by visiting www.littoralsociety.org/annualappeal.
Virtual Winter Waterfowl and Seal Webinar
Tuesday, January 26
Virtual, via Zoom
Join the American Littoral Society on Zoom for a virtual look at our winter friends that we typically see on our walks at Sandy Hook.
Participants will learn all about the birds/ducks that overwinter in New Jersey. They will also learn about Loons, Mergansers, Scaups, Scoters, Gannets, and many more!
Join us to discover more about the local seals we see in the colder months and we'll give you tips on where to go in New Jersey to see such wildlife with your friends or family. Stay tuned for a link.
Winter Birds-Winter Survival Webinar
Saturday, January 23
11 a.m. - Noon
Virtual, via Zoom
Stay home and enjoy a virtual Zoom program by naturalist Don Riepe on birds and how they and other animals survive the freezing temperatures of winter.
Join Littoral Society Education Director, Nicole Haines, as she discusses ways to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle.
This workshop will include:
how to do a trash audit
the problems with microfibers
giveaways and more!
Save the Date: 2021 Lobster Run
Saturday, April 17
The 6th Annual Lobster Run has been scheduled. However, registration will not open until COVID-19 gathering restrictions allow (hopefully in January).
As in previous years, start/finish will be at Langosta Lounge, 1000 Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park. A wave start, as in 2020, will be implemented to maintain physical distancing during packet pick-up and on the course.
More details to come. Stay tuned to the Littoral Society website and social media.
Northeast Chapter News
Reflections: A Revolving Art Installation
Rockaway is surrounded by thousands of acres of parkland, hosting diverse wildlife, important cultural sites, and picturesque natural areas including Jamaica Bay, an urban tidal estuary.
As a public-private partnership, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy supports 10,000 acres of this parkland and hosts programming and stewardship events in parks throughout the year, including co-hosting the bi-annual Rockaway! Free Arts Festival.
To highlight Jamaica Bay and Rockaway parks and raise awareness about these spaces, the Conservancy is launching a new revolving art installation - Reflections. Reflections, viewable safely at the Conservancy’s storefront window, will host works by local artists throughout the year, reflecting on the natural beauty and cultural importance of our parks.
To kick-off the installation, Don Riepe, Jamaica Bay Guardian and Director of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society, presents Scenes from Jamaica Bay highlighting wildlife and unique ecology found in this urban tidal estuary. Thirteen original photographs present an important look at wildlife and natural areas found in Jamaica Bay and Rockaway, including osprey, snowy owl, skimmers, painted turtles, humpback whale and more.
Climate Change Mitigation: Creating an Inclusive and Responsible Offshore Wind Energy Future
The American Littoral Society recognizes the development of offshore wind as an important component in the fight against climate change by replacing demand for energy production from dirty, polluting fossil fuel sources with clean, renewable energy sources. Development of offshore wind must be responsibly sited, and guided by continuous stakeholder participation.
In making New Jersey’s offshore wind goal a reality, wind energy projects will likely span hundreds of thousands of acres on leased ocean bottom off New Jersey’s coast, with the energy they produce cabled back to our shores. In fact, we already know that close to 100 wind turbines and 2 main cable routes will be built within the next couple of years just to meet the state’s first target for producing 1100 Megawatts of wind energy (Ocean Wind LLC).
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.