As part of its mission to protect, enhance, and restore the ecological integrity of Accabonac Harbor and its watershed, the Accabonac Protection Committee will have three forums this summer, all at Ashawagh Hall in Springs.
In addition to speakers, each will offer information about what residents and visitors can do to help keep the harbor and watershed healthy.
An update on the harbor’s health will happen on June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The
Town of East Hampton’s Department of Natural Resources and town trustees will talk about past, ongoing, and future projects relating to the harbor and its watershed.
Marsh Madness on July 17, also from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature Nicole Maher, a wetlands specialist and senior coastal scientist with the Nature Conservancy-New York, Tamson Yeh, a pest management specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Judith Weis, professor emerita of biological science at Rutgers University. Ms. Weis will moderate a discussion of topics including research in Accabonac marshes, the effects of sea level rise on the marsh, managing the marsh, and marsh mosquitoes.
The series will conclude with Accabonac: Life in and Around, Past and Present on Sept. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. In it, Christopher Pickerell, Cornell Cooperative Extension’s marine division director, Barley Dunne, director of the town’s shellfish hatchery, and Hugh King, the town crier and keeper of East Hampton’s history, will focus on shellfish, their habitat and habits, and those who called the Accabonac environs home in bygone years.
Each forum will include a question-and-answer session, followed by refreshments.