February News
We started 2021 strong, kicking off both our cleanup and Speaker Series programs this month.
More than 40 people came to our February cleanup on a very chilly day. Talk about stalwart volunteers. The group on the right are Long Island University Veterinary School students. Thank you one and all!
If you were not able to participate in the cleanup, we have one set up for every month this year, including March 20 at Soundside Beach in Bayville. Register at March 20 Beach Cleanup.
Peter Linderoth from Save the Sound delivered an excellent presentation on "Long Island Sound Report Card: Grading the Urban Sea" this week. If you missed it, you can view a recording of the presentation by clicking the link below and typing in the passcode L+4qV5r.​​​​​​​
You can hear all about the background and benefits of being an oyster gardener at our next presentation. The pics below are from last year's Community Oyster Gardening program. If you'd like to learn how you can help our local waters by gardening oysters, sign up for our March 25 Speaker Series presentation at 7 p.m. by Rob Crafa, Coordinator of the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee. Register via this link: Oyster Gardening 101
Since 2017 hundreds of families, individuals, Boy and Girl Scouts, church groups, yacht, bathing, and garden clubs have planted tens of thousands of oysters on a protected spawner sanctuary in Cold Spring Harbor. As part of this presentation you will learn about how oysters serve as “ecosystem engineers” improving water quality, enhancing habitat and protecting shorelines from damaging storms.

Friends of the Bay is a proud partner of the Community Oyster Gardening program which is an outreach program of the intermunicipal Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee to educate and engage residents in protecting local waters. After hearing the presentation we hope you will want to jump in to become an oyster gardener this year at one of the locations.​​​​​​

Our new membership program comes with some neat perks. Members joining at the $100 level or higher will receive a special new tote bag or a Friends of the Bay logo baseball cap. We are all Banding Together to Save the Bay! Click here to join: Become a Member of Friends of the Bay
Last but not least, we are pleased to be part of the Town of Oyster Bay's Environmental Poster Contest along with The WaterFront Center. The contest is open to 4th and 5th grade students. The theme this year, "How Plastic Pollution Harms Our Waterways" is an important one so we hope many students will participate. For more information, go to 
There are a lot of ways to be engaged with Friends of the Bay.

As always, thank you for your support. 



Heather Johnson
Executive Director
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