Celebrating Earth Day (every day)!

Volunteers cleaning Plumb Beach © NYC Audubon

Today is Earth Day, the one day of the year when we are all encouraged to focus on appreciating and helping the environment. To celebrate Earth Day this year, we took a big group out to Brooklyn yesterday to clean Plumb Beach with the support of the National Park Service and the American Littoral Society. Plumb Beach is part of Gateway National Recreation Area and is an important site for humans as well as wildlife – particularly migratory shorebirds and horseshoe crabs. During the months of May and June, horseshoe crabs spawn on the beach and migratory shorebirds feed on their eggs before continuing on their northward journey. A lot of garbage piles up on the beach; some of it is left there and some floats ashore from elsewhere. We really wanted to give the beach a good Earth Day spring cleaning before the wildlife shows up en masse. And clean it we did!
We had an amazing group of about 75 people out on the beach, including crews from Students for Service, the New York Fire Department Explorers and Congregation Emanu-El. They scoured the beach and the adjacent marsh for debris large and small and filled over 150 garbage bags with trash, as well as collecting timbers and other flotsam from the area. It was truly an impressive effort and we at NYC Audubon all really appreciate their efforts and desire to help the environment.
Earth Day only occurs once a year, but we hope you’ll help us try to bring a little bit of Earth Day into every day.

- John Rowden


  1. Delbreen says:

    Hi John,Would you believe I just reetnrud from a four-day Mass Audubon trip on the Cape about shore birds and came home to find your new blog mentioning the American Oystercatcher, one of the birds that we saw on our trip that I hadn’t known about! It was great for you to showcase the Oystercatcher. Hopefully, more people will come to appreciate this unique bird and will support land and habitat preservation.I, too, fell in love with the American Oystercatcher and the other shore birds that we saw at the Wellfleet Nature Sanctuary and the other places we visited on the Cape with David Clapp, our guide. Although I had spent time at the Jersey shore some years ago, I didn’t realize the extent of the many different species of shore birds. We saw yellow legs, dowitchers, godwits, willets, whimbrels and ruddy turnstones, among others.See you soon, Dave Herships

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