Quogue in Bloom for Earth Day

Looking around the friendly confines of our village as well as the entire region, it’s very apparent that spring is indeed the season when all things burst into bloom. And for the days and weeks ahead, all the way up to Memorial Day weekend, not only the natural world but all manner of social, cultural and educational offerings look from this vantage point like speeded-up time lapse photography of a flower bud becoming a robust blossom.

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Sign of Spring: Gatherings of great egrets. —A. Botsford Photo

At busy times like this, At Quaquanantuck is especially grateful for all those readers who keep this columnist informed about programs, events and activities and also all those who so graciously provide images that so beautifully reflect this community back to itself in every season, all the year ’round.

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Sign of Spring: Cherry blossoms in bloom after rain. —Sharon McGavin Photo

Intermittent torrential rain did not deter some 80 egg hunters from turning out for the annual Quogue Fire Department “eggstravaganza” last Saturday. The ovoid gatherers were cheered on by the Easter Bunny, brought to glorious life this year by the willing and able Sullivan Norton. —Photos courtesy of the Big Chill

Meanwhile, it’s no accident that the early organizers of Earth Day back in 1970 chose the third week of April in the northern hemisphere—when spring was in full swing—for an occasion to celebrate and support the cause of environmental protection. Now, almost 50 years later, that cause is more important than ever and, naturally, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is once again taking the lead in the local observance, with presenting partners the Eastern Long Island Audubon Society and Westhampton Beach (Eco Friends) Earth Day and sponsorship from Rechler Equity and the Hampton Business District.

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Moonlight on the ocean. —Judy Gruhn Photo

Earth Day 2019 Celebration at Quogue Wildlife Refuge
This year’s QWR celebration of Earth Day is slated for Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m., with complimentary Earth Day yoga (space is limited, pre-registration required; 631-653-4771) offered by Amy Hess at 11:15 a.m. on the outside deck of the Nature Center. Bring your own mat, please.

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“Chillin’ in the backyard sun!” —Patricia Prentis Photo

As always, the day’s rain or shine activities and opportunities will include a variety of exhibitors, face painting, Audubon Society guided bird walks, nature trail walks and exhibits, native plant sales, crafts, bat and bird house building, live music by the Jan Hanna Band, canoeing and kayaking on Old Ice Pond, a scavenger hunt, and Fair Trade, handmade and natural goods for sale. WEHM radio personality Anthony will be on site live from noon to 2 p.m. Matti Taco and Hampton Coffee Company food trucks will be on hand, and electronics recycling will be offered by EcoTech Management.

The day will also include opportunities to meet a raptor, meet a tortoise, or meet a beekeeper. There will also be nature photography tips from Kevin Ferris, who will share techniques for photographing small objects.

For more information, visit www.quoguewildliferefuge.org or call the Refuge at 631-653-4771.

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Sign of Spring: As photographer Elizabeth Caputo points out, “Unfortunately spring in Quogue means loads of these signs all over warning us to keep children and pets away due to pesticides. Encouraging birds, opossums, bats, etc. to the area is natural and safer for all of us.”

Foreign Policy Association Looks at “Refugees and Global Migration”
The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program, hosted by the Quogue Library and moderated, this week only, by Lulie Morrisey and Andrew Botsford, will take up the question of “Refugees and Global Migration” for its Saturday, April 27, meeting at the Quogue Firehouse at 4:30 p.m.

Today, no countries have open borders. Every state in today’s global system has its own laws and policies about who is permitted to cross its borders, and how they will do so. Who determines whether someone is a refugee or a migrant? How have different countries, including the United States, reacted to migration? How effective are the international laws, policies and organizations that have evolved to assist and protect refugees and migrants?

Questions for this Saturday’s discussion include: How does the military function in today’s international order, and how might it be balanced with diplomatic and foreign assistance capabilities?

These very popular programs tend to be quickly oversubscribed, so all interested in attending are urged to register at your earliest convenience by calling the library at 631-653-4224.

The Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions Discussion program provides background information and policy options for the eight most critical issues facing America each year, serving as the focal text for discussion groups across the country. For news, a list of organizations addressing migrant and refugee issues, and suggested reading on the topic, visit www.greatdecisions.org.

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Quogue Village Police Chief Christopher Isola, left, pins the Lieutenant badge on Sgt. Dan Hartman at a swearing in and promotion ceremony at Village Hall as Mayor Peter Sartorius looks on. —Photo courtesy of Quogue Village

Sign Up at Library for “Screen-Free Week” and Wrest Control from Devices
Here’s a program for kids that should really be offered for adults as well, in the opinion of At Quaquanantuck. From now through Friday, April 26, all families are asked to encourage youngsters to sign up and pledge to go screen-free for the week of April 29 through May 5.

For those who are interested in the somewhat disconcerting Journal of the American Medical Association screen time study, the library will provide a copy when families come in and pledge to be screen-free for the week. The call is for all to unplug from digital devices and let the imagination run wild (or pick activities from a list of 101 suggested ways to pass screen-free time).  

Every Instagrammed photo of an unplugged activity engaged in as a family (hashtag #QuogueLibraryScreenFreeWeek) will earn a book buck toward an Amazon gift card that can be used toward book purchases. In addition, all are encouraged to stop by the library during the week to collect small prizes and stickers to salute screen-free activities.

Call the library for more information, 631-653-4224.

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Laughing gull in breeding plumage. —Florrie Morrisey Photo

Sign Up Now for QWR Summer Field Ecology Program 2019
Earth Day offers a perfect opportunity, and there’s no time like the present to sign up the young folks for one of the nine one-week sessions of the children’s Summer Field Ecology program, which will be marking its 50th anniversary this summer.  

With separate programs tailored to first-timers and returning campers in grades two through six; six and seven; eight through 10; and Little Naturalists age 4 to 6, the one-week-per-customer sessions offer hands-on, intense exploration of some of nature’s secrets, always stressing the importance of the natural world and respect for the Earth and its inhabitants.

For all age groups, the Refuge asks that a parent or guardian stay for the brief introduction on the first day of a child’s program, which is held in the Nature Center. Due to limited class size, popularity of the program, and priority registration for QWR members, sessions may fill up. Early signups are encouraged; visit the  early and include completed Application, Medical Form, and Payment. You will be notified as soon as possible if the session is full. For more information and signup forms, visit quoguewildliferefuge.org/summer-camps/.

Wildlife Refuge Seeking Summer Help
With the Summer Field Ecology program on the horizon, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is now hiring for summer positions and internships. Job openings include: part-time temporary receptionist; summer camp educator for Summer Ecology program; and summer camp educator for Little Naturalists program.

Summer internship positions include: Summer Ecology program educator; Little Naturalists educator; and Nature Center animal care intern. For more information, call the Refuge at 631-653-4771, click here, or visit the  QWR website, www.quoguewildliferefuge.org.

At Quaquanantuck encourages readers to send in news and notes and photos of interest to Quogue residents, even if the items are being sent from winter addresses or other parts of the country. Friends and family who enjoy all things Quogue are encouraged to email AtQuaq@gmail.com and ask to be put on the mailing list.

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