Honoring Our Planet

Every year, as April 22 rolls around, this column expresses the same sentiments: that every day should be thought of as Earth Day. Wherever you stand on the issue of climate change and the melting of the polar ice caps, we certainly know a lot more about man’s impact on the environment than Senator Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin did when he established the first Earth Day in 1970.

We have now been given more than a glimpse of the environmental degradation of the past, the present, and yet to come, and so, like Scrooge embracing the spirit of Christmas after being visited by the third specter, we should pledge to ourselves and to each other that we will honour Earth Day in our hearts, and try to keep it all the year. We should endeavor “to live in the Past, the Present, and the Future” so that “the Spirits of all Three shall strive” within us and we “will not shut out the lessons that they teach!” The clock is ticking; the water is rising.  

marsh styrofoam
A blue block of Styrofoam shows the ugly touch of man’s hand dishonoring the marsh. –AB Photo

Before we get to some of the local observances of this special day, a word about the global Earth Day Network. Now boasting more than 50,000 partners in 195 countries, the Earth Day Network (EDN) is credited with instigating many of our current environmental policies, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

For EDN, Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to the most significant environmental problem facing our planet today: plastic pollution. The non-profit hopes to reduce use of the polymer—ideally to the point of eradication—with numerous initiatives. These include garnering global support to eliminate single-use plastics, leading the charge to impose strict regulations for plastic disposal, and educating the general public about health and other risks associated with the polymer.

While bringing global change may take some time, these companies and individuals have already devised innovative ways to reduce plastic pollution. Learn more at www.earthday.org.

Quogue Library Celebrating Earth Day with Spring Birding

Noting that there are 13 species of warblers that breed on Long Island, and some might be in our backyards, the Quogue Library will be hosting a special Spring Birding program for adults on Saturday,  April 21. Eastern Long Island Audubon Society Vice President and Trip Leader Eileen Schwinn will get things started at 1 p.m. with some basic instruction on how to identify at least a few of these fast moving, musical little birds, which will start appearing in the woods of the East End soon.

American Yellow Warbler
American Yellow Warbler

There will be a short slide presentation, followed by a walk in the woods at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The hope is that the group will see and hear some returning resident birds, as well as some birds passing through on their migration. Binoculars are a must, as are comfortable walking shoes and appropriate spring jackets. Bring a bagged lunch. There is no fee, but registration is mandatory in order to attend; call 631-653-4224, ext. 101.

Offshore Wind Power and What It Means for Long Island

It’s not about Earth Day per se, but anything to do with alternatives to fossil fuels feels thematically appropriate. On Thursday, April 26, at 6 p.m. the Quogue Library will host a program presented by Long Island Sierra Club Energy Chair Lilia Factor, Esq. on the history and current status of the Deepwater Wind Project off the coast of Montauk, as well as other offshore wind projects in the works in New York State and along the Atlantic Coast.Deepwater wind project 

The discussion will include New York State’s goals for offshore wind development in its waters, as well as the overall movement towards clean renewable energy. There will be a visual presentation with time for input and Q & A from the audience. Call the library at 631-653-4224 to save a seat.

Walk for Wildlife Kicks Off April 28 Earth Day Observance at Wildlife Refuge

The second annual Walk for Wildlife walkathon to raise money for the animals at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will step off rain or shine on Saturday, April 28, at 9:30 a.m., with check-in from 8:45 to 9:15.

QWR Owl
Barred owl at the Refuge

There are a few incentives for signing up early for this important fundraiser: a.) the first 150 people to register will receive an event shirt; and b.) pre-registration is $25 for adults, and $15 for youths (under 18). Day of event registration is $30 for adults, $20 for youths.

Walkathoners who wear an animal themed costume will have a chance to win a prize. Also, additional sponsorship is encouraged. Find out more and sign up to register at www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

QWR Earth Day Celebration

A little later on Saturday, April 28, all are invited to come and celebrate nature and the lovely planet Earth at the Refuge. From noon to 3 p.m. rain or shine, the free celebration will include Birding Walks guided by members of the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, live animal presentations, crafts, environmental exhibitors, and self-guided kayaking and canoeing on Old Ice Pond.

This special program for all ages is offered by Eastern Long Island Audubon Society, Westhampton Beach Earth Day and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. The QWR website (www.quoguewildliferefuge.org) will be posting a schedule of events. No reservations are necessary; call 631-653-4771 for more information.

April Gray
April gray on Quantuck Bay. –AB Photo

 Full Moon Night Hike April 30 at Wildlife Refuge

The next Full Moon Night Hike at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will be offered on Friday, April 30, starting at 7:30 p.m.

During the 90-minute walk through the forest up to North Pond and back, adults and families with children age 11 and up will look and listen for nocturnal creatures and undertake some night vision activities under the light of the moon.

This program is $5 for Wildlife Refuge members; $10 for non-members. Reservations (631-653-4771) are required at least 24 hours in advance, along with payment of the appropriate fee.

“Golfing with the Owls” Benefit for QWR at Sebonack Golf Club

It’s not clear to At Quaquanantuck how the owls are involved, but a very special fundraiser for QWR is slated for Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton Located on 300 acres overlooking Peconic Bay in Southampton, the course was designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak and has ranked in Golf Digest’s top 100 U.S. Golf Courses since 2009. Sebonack was also the host of the 2013 Women’s Open, the first time that tournament has ever been held on Long Island.

Under the terms of the QWR Early Bird Special, the cost to play is $650 per golfer, or $2,400 per foursome. After May 1, the price goes up to $750 per golfer or $2,800 per foursome.

Schedule for the day: Driving range opens and continental breakfast is served at 7:30 a.m.; shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.; awards luncheon and BBQ at 1 p.m.

“Notorious” Film Feast at Quogue Library on Saturday, April 21

On Saturday, April 21, it’s time once again to join friends, neighbors, and other cinephiles for an evening of fine food and a terrific film at the monthly Film Feast at the Quogue Library. This month’s selection is a classic: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Notorious” (1946), written by Ben Hecht and starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains.

Following the conviction of her German father for treason against the U.S., Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) takes to a life of drink and men. She is approached by government agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) who asks her to spy on a group of her father’s Nazi friends operating out of Rio de Janeiro. A romance develops between Alicia and Devlin, but when her assignment involves making nice with her former lover, Sebastian (Claude Rains) is she starting to get too involved in her work?

Notorious
Claude Rains, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in “Notorious.”

When the film opened in 1946 at Radio City Music Hall in New York, Bosley Crowther wrote in the Times that “Mr. Hecht has written and Mr. Hitchcock has directed in brilliant style a romantic melodrama which is just about as thrilling as they come—velvet smooth in dramatic action, sharp and secure in its characters and heavily charged with the intensity of warm emotional appeal. As a matter of fact, the distinction of ‘Notorious’ as a film is the remarkable blend of love story with expert ‘thriller’ that it represents … Actually, the ‘thriller’ elements are familiar and commonplace, except in so far as Mr. Hitchcock has galvanized them into life.”  

The feasting begins at 6:15 and the film will be screened at 7:15. As always, admission is a beverage to share and a dish that serves at least six. Best to call the library at 631-653-4224 to let them know you’re coming and what food you’re planning to bring.

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