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FOC Receives Grants!

The Friends are proud of the support from the foundations whose links appear below. The capacity building grants they have awarded us will greatly help in strengthening our organization for the benefit of Connetquot River State Park Preserve:

The Robert D. L. Gardiner Foundation

New York State Council on the Arts

Parks & Trails New York

Upstate History Alliance

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FOC Newsletter, Chairman's Letter, Spring 2016

I'll start with good news. The Friends are proud to announce that the hatchery is now fully operational. The construction work has been completed and the hatchery is providing clean water for incubating trout eggs. The first batch of eggs will be in the hatch house as you read this. Hopefully, the first trout raised at Connetquot River State Park Preserve, in eight years, will be released to the stream in only a few more months. Meanwhile, the stream has been heavily stocked with fish, from outside sources, and the Preserve is again drawing many anglers to its waters, as it did years ago.

We had a busy four months. Lectures on foxes and bats, also a family program featuring live reptiles. We are happy that all programs drew large audiences. Unfortunately, Photographers' Day was marred by inclement weather and instead, a photo workshop was held.

The annual Trail Ride and Hike was held on May 1st, and again the weather was uncooperative. Nevertheless, about fifty equestrians (most of them without their horses) and hikers attended and enjoyed the great food and music. Everyone participated in the raffles and went home with many lovely raffle prizes. It turned out to be a fun day, despite the weather.

As you venture through the Preserve, you will undoubtedly notice the demise of almost a thousand pine trees. The trees were heavily damaged by southern pine beetles, and because of the danger of falling, it became necessary to cut them. However, about six hundred pine seedlings were planted on I Love My Park Day, May 8th, by the many hard-working volunteers who came to demonstrate their high regard for the Connetquot Preserve.

Signs of spring are all around. Wildflowers and daffodils are blooming. Young birds are beginning to make their appearance. Speaking of birds, a pair of American Bald Eagles have made the park their hunting grounds. They have been seen almost every day, fishing the river and main pond.

I would like to thank all for your continued support in helping us preserve a Long Island treasure.

Bob Labuski

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