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Family Picnic at the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island

See how we’re helping families disconnect from electronic gadgets and reconnect with nature on Long Island.

Families enjoy a beautiful afternoon at the Mashomack Manor House and learn about the raptors that nest at Shelter Island’s Mashomack Preserve on Long Island.

Picnickers are excited to see a rescued red-tailed hawk spread its wings and to learn how its survival depends on prey species in the food chain and a healthy natural habitat.

Parents and children explore the salt marsh of Bass Creek at the Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.

Families gather for a barbecue picnic dinner before haul-seining.

After dinner, children and adults walk single file across Bass Creek, to the shore of Gardiners Bay, an area that is integral to the clean water campaign at The Nature Conservancy on Long Island.

Adults and kids all pull together on the haul seine ropes to see what fish, crustaceans and mollusks they will find!

Environmental educator Cynthia Belt frees a crab from the seine net.

Mike Laspia teaches excited families about blowfish, which are an important part of Long Island’s aquatic ecosystem, but threatened by rising nitrogen levels in the bays.

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