Hempstead Town Supervisor Don Clavin joined members of Audubon New York, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society (AMSEAS) and environmentally conscious neighbors to host the town’s first-ever “Share the Shore Day” at Lido Beach Town Park. The seaside event featured an incredible line-up of family friendly activities focused on protecting nesting bird species and keeping our shorelines clean. Also supporting “Share the Shore Day” were Deputy Supervisor Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Anthony D’Esposito, Councilman Dennis Dunne, Sr., Councilman Tom Muscarella, Councilman Chris Carini, Councilwoman Melissa Miller, Town Clerk Kate Murray and Receiver of Taxes Jeanine Driscoll.
“The Town of Hempstead is proud to work together with Audubon New York, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society and so many dedicated volunteers who care about their communities and the marine wildlife that ‘share our shores,’” said Supervisor Clavin. “By incorporating educational tours, kids’ programs and social media, we are helping to spread awareness now and for future generations about the importance of protecting our environment.”
Today’s event began with a beach cleanup organized by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, followed by a bird walk hosted by Audubon New York. A Safe Shorebird Photography Tour was led by A Couple Without Borders. In addition, the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society also held a First Responder Training Presentation, teaching participants what actions should be taken if they come across a stranded marine mammal or sea turtle. What’s more, the Audubon NY Kids Center gave a presentation on shorebirds, and assisted people in the crafting of educational signs.
Last year, America’s largest township became the first municipality in New York State to receive the prestigious National Audubon Society “Share the Shore Award,” in recognition of the town’s longstanding commitment to protecting vulnerable bird species who nest along town beaches. Bird species include the Piping Plover, Least Tern and American Oystercatcher. Indeed, Audubon reports that the population of vulnerable species can thrive in protected areas.
Town of Hempstead beaches and local waterways are the crown jewel of America’s largest township. Supervisor Clavin and the Hempstead Town Board have taken great pride in maintaining their pristine condition for the benefit of both residents and marine life. Town officials recently held informative programs on beach and boater safety, and announced a comprehensive plan to protect beach-goers from sharks. At the same time, the town has implemented many environmentally friendly initiatives such as the cultivation of sugar kelp, the expansion of the town’s home-grown clam spawning operation at its shellfish hatchery, the promotion of native plant species and so much more.
“Hempstead Town has always been at the forefront of environmental conservation, from our Renewable Energy Park in Point Lookout to the world-renowned Levy Preserve in Merrick,” concluded Supervisor Clavin. “We will continue to lead by example, and are blessed to have such dedicated organizations and caring residents supporting us in our mission.”