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Apr
25

Guided Eagle Tour on the Carmans River

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Guided Eagle Tour on the Carmans River
by Ron Scall 
 
On April 16th Paul treated a group of about 15 paddlers to a beautiful day on the Carmans River in search of 2 pairs of majestic Bald Eagles.  As an added bonus Paul enlisted Joy Cirigliano…
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 the Atlantic Flyway Projects Coordinator, for Four Harbors Audubon Society to be our guide in order to give us a greater understanding of the birds and their habitat.
We launched from the Carmans River Canoe & Kayak Company in Brookhaven and almost immediately after paddling beneath the LIRR tracks…. 
We were treated to the site of a Great Egret…
 
Right from the  beginning Joy was calling out different species of birds faster than we were able to process the information…but the best was yet to come.  As we continued along the river we saw numerous Osprey; a couple with fresh catches of fish gripped in their talons and then we saw a snapping turtle…
 
which prompted several comments of “is it alive?”; but not to worry as Joy assured us upon closer inspection that it was alive and well.  
Shortly thereafter we saw the first eagle nest and Paul made the first siting of a soaring Bald Eagle.
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No matter how many times I’ve been fortunate enough to see one of these magnificent birds they still manage to captivate me.
As the group paddled along toward the second eagle nest Joy let out cry of what can only be described as pure exhilaration when she exclaimed “it’s a Bittern!”.  Not knowing what she was so excited about I paddled over to her and she told me this was only the sixth time she had ever seen a Bittern and I figured that in of itself must make this extra special so I decided to hang back with her to have a look at this bird.  When I asked her to point it out to me she told me it was in the reeds, two clumps of mud to the left.  I didn’t see a thing and the more I looked the more frustrated I became as I could not find this bird that she was going crazy over.  About this time Troy joined us in his 12 foot solo canoe…
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and asked me what all the commotion was about and I proceeded to tell him about this rare siting of a Bittern.  He too questioned where it was and after a minute or two he spotted the elusive bird; however, I was still searching the reeds for it.  Finally the Bittern began to move and I finally spotted it!  Once I saw it I realized why it was such a rare find; it’s coloring perfectly camouflages it with the reeds.
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As the Bittern slowly made its way to the edge of the river to catch a fish Joy, Troy and I were totally mesmerized by this incredible bird and simply sat in our boats in absolute amazement.  I couldn’t take enough pictures of the Bittern and this one of what I can only describe as a prehistoric looking foot is probably the most interesting photo I shot on the trip.
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After we got our fill of the Bittern for quite a while we proceeded up river to join the group again and were treated to more eagle sitings both in and out of their nest.
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After we all had our fill of the wonderful birds of the Carmans River we headed back for a lunch stop apparently stretching the rules a bit lol.

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For a finale some of us made our way to the falls before calling it a day.

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Many thanks to Paul for arranging a great trip and special thanks to Joy for her insightful expertise.
Here is a link to additional photos and videos
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Apr
10

Hudson River Greenland Festival

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Just got this from Jack Gilman.

The 10th Annual Hudson River Greenland Festival will be held Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26 at Croton Point Park.

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Meals, lodging, and all instruction included — strokes, rolls, rescues, and fun races for adults and youths, ages 8 and up.

Greenland paddle-carving workshop on Friday with Don Beale of Beale Paddles, Oregon.

Special guests include Dubside!

Registration is open and space is limited. See the website  http://www.hrgf.org for information.

Great place to work on your roll!

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Apr
10

Coast Guard Auxiliary Vessel Safety Check

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Article By Rhonda Moziy

On Saturday, April 9th NACK had some very special guests from the Coast Guard Auxiliary join us for an enlightening and informative presentation. This special event took place at Town of Babylon Sport Fishing Education Center (Cedar Beach Marina), Ocean Parkway in Babylon

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Two members from Division One Bayshore/Babylon Coast Guard Auxiliary,  Mark Stone and George Barnes, were on hand discussing important safety measures when kayaking. The following were imperative points to always remember.

  • The most important rule they spoke about was to always WEAR YOUR PERSONAL FLOATATION DEVICE (PFD). Wearing your lifejacket will help keep your head above water and add insulation to your body, keeping you warmer in cold water.
  • Tell someone your float plan, which includes: where you are going, what you will be doing, how long you expect to be gone and how many people are in your party. Then stick to your plan.
  • Stay hydrated. Always bring plenty of water and food.
  • Before paddling, check on tides and currents, shoreline conditions, weather patterns and water temperature.
  • Marine VHF radios versus a cellular phone. The VHF radio gives greater amount of coverage to a wider range of people as opposed to one-to-one only contact.   This extensive coverage ensures a distress call will be heard and responded to by the Coast Guard. A marine VHF radio also allows you to listen to weather forecasts and severe storm warnings from NOAA, giving you time to get to shore ahead of a storm.  When using a VHF radio, call on channel 16 and use Distress signal “MAYDAY”, spoken three times. Try to give position of your kayak by distance to a well-known landmark.
  • Kayaks and canoes must carry a minimum of three visual distress signals. Night signals include red flares, either handheld or aerial.
  • Vessel identification stickers can save the Coast Guard a great deal of time and effort when they find a canoe, kayak or standup paddleboard adrift with no paddler and no identifying information. Without these stickers the Coast Guard must assume that a person is missing and in distress, and that requires a full-scale search and rescue. Plus, it dramatically improves your chances of getting your boat back.

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We were also shown how to download a Coast Guard Phone App   It’s available for both iPhone or Android and it lets you create a float plan and email it to family or friends.  Of course this app is free to all boaters and you’re strongly encouraged to use it.

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Mark and George spoke about how the Coast Guards offer mariner training and certification standards for recreational boating safety. Afterwards, they took us outside and provided boat inspections to those of us who brought our kayaks.  After total inspection, Steve and John were proudly given a Coast Guard Seal of Approval.

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The delicious lunch afterwards was superb. We sat down to two big huge hero sandwiches, one was American and the other was Italian. Potato salads, potato chips and other side delicacies kept our plates full. We had beverages galore and assorted cookies. Best of all, our great camaraderie is the essence of our club.

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We once again wish to thank our Coast Guard guests Mark Stone and George Barnes for educating us with pertinent information to make sure that we all stay safe while navigating the waters.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is about fellowship, education and safety. The US Coast Guard was established well over 200 hundred years ago and became a unit of national defense, one of the five branches of the Armed Forces. Today, people have become more aware of an array of their many responsibilities extending far beyond military defense. Their many vessels comprise not only boats, but airplanes, helicopters and other equipment. Thousands of non-military, volunteer personnel are part of their daily functions. Search and rescue (SAR) helping boaters in distress, saving people who may have underestimated the dangers of the open seas is just one of the Coast Guard’s oldest missions.  Watching the coastlands of the United States and protecting the numerous waterways, harbors, ports, intercepting drug smugglers, enforcing fishery laws, stopping unauthorized ocean dumping, preventing oil and chemical spills and maintaining maritime aids to navigation, signs, symbols, buoys, markers, light houses, and public education make-up some of their many important tasks.

For more information or to volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you can follow this link http://www.cgaux.org/

___Rhonda Moziy

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Apr
08

South Shore Blueway Grand Opening June 4 2016

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The Grand Opening celebrates the community effort and support that helped make the water trail a reality. The South Shore Blueway is a collaborative project by state, county and local government agencies, conservation organizations, volunteer groups, and the paddle community. It took years of advocacy and tireless work. NACK members have participated in each phase of trail development, from suggesting launches, participating in outreach sessions, and conducting field surveys of trailheads.

Now it’s time to celebrate what all that hard work has accomplished!

The Blueway Trail Grand Opening features a full day of activities and paddling at Bay Park in Hewlett. Bring your kayak, canoe or SUP to participate in the Inaugural Blueway Paddle!  Saturday, June 4, 2016 on National Trails Day.

The South Shore Blueway Trail spans the southern coast of Nassau County encompassing the western bays of the South Shore Estuary Reserve (SSER), comprised of West, Middle, and East Hempstead Bays and South Oyster Bay. From the western border of the Town of Hempstead the project area stretches 18 miles to the Nassau/Suffolk County line at South Oyster Bay. One of the largest undeveloped coastal wetlands systems in New York State, the large complex of shallow, interconnected bays is separated from the Atlantic Ocean by Jones Beach and Long Beach barrier islands. Two openings separate the barrier islands and connect the bays with the ocean at Rockaway Inlet and Jones Inlet. Hundreds of acres of tidal wetlands, barrier beach and back-°©‐barrier lagoon, creeks and channels, marshlands, mudflats, and salt marsh islands characterize the south shore region. The area supports a diversity of fish and wildlife providing vital habitat for migratory shorebirds, wintering waterfowl and finfish. South Oyster Bay and the Hempstead Bays are on the Atlantic Flyway, a major bird migration route. Multiple species of seals winter in the bays. The South Shore Blueway Trail spans the Town of Hempstead and Town of Oyster Bay,the Village of Freeport and the City of Long Beach, Jones Beach Island, and several other villages and hamlets.

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Apr
07

The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay

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Just got this from Captain Jerry Collins at Captain Kayak. The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay will be here before we know it. We are all ready for some warmer weather and the feel of that tug on the line. The Kayak Fishing Classic at Jamaica Bay is a great way to catch the first fish of the year and hook up with old and make some new friends, all for the benefit of worthy causes. Those of us who share the enthusiasm for the sport of Kayak Fishing know this is a premier event  that shouldn’t be missed.  Registration is open now.

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Apr
03

Spring 2016 Newsletter

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The NACK Spring 16 Newsletter is now available online.

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Feb
21

NACK Awards Dinner

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NACK’s Annual Awards/Post Holiday Dinner

by Rhonda Moziy

On the evening of Sunday, January 31st 2016, I was proud to be part of NACK’s Annual Awards Holiday Dinner. This year’s gather honored some wonderful NACK members for their outstanding contributions and achievements.

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This anticipated event was held in the party room of The Irish Coffee Pub at 131 Carleton Avenue East Islip. Through the elegant French doors and perfect ambiance, we enjoyed a delicious multicourse meal. Oval shaped candle lit tables connected draping the semi-circular feel of the room. We started off with Garden and Caesar Salads. Appetizers included Penne a la Vodka or Cream of potato soup. On the menu was a choice of  king-cut prime rib beef, salmon with champagne lobster sauce or stuffed filet of sole. For desert we had warm apple crumb a la mode or brownie a la mode all served with tea or coffee.

In attendance were Lynne, Bob, Julie, Marty, Matt, Mariann, Troy, Pat, Roy, Steve, Paul, Alan, Rhonda, Leslie, Hal, Paul, Goldene, John and Steve.

Our President John Weickert, Jr. and Awards Chair Steve McDonald were on hand to present and recognize some well-deserved members for their outstanding service and accomplishments.

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Robert Horchler was presented with the Distinguished Service Award Trophy for his unending support and dedication to NACK. Bob had helped with an array of administrative tasks, preparing want-ads, paperwork, web modifications and basically helps run the club.

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Harold McLaughlin was presented with the Presidents Award for his superb implementation to the NACK newsletter. He always makes sure we are “in the know” with fascinating stories from our members and happenings of our club.

Chris King was presented with two awards. The Directors Award for all his work as Assistant Webmaster and the Life Saving Award for Chris’s timely rescue of a sailor in distress on November 14th, 2016 at Goldstar Battalion Beach in Huntington.

Deborah Horne had several awards. An ACA Level 3 Coastal Kayak Instructor Award. Debbie has excelled in the position of trip coordinator and the Most Valuable Paddler Award for her Invaluable Dedication in the Operation and Future of Nack as an Organization.

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Lynne Basileo was given several awards. The Great Peconic Race Around Shelter Island September 20th, 2015 Award which recognizes Lynne for 1st Place Womens’s 50+ Sea Kayak and 2nd Place Overall Women’s Sea Kayak. The Coastal Kayak Trip Leader Award for becoming an ACA Coastal Kayaking Day-Trip Leader and the Photo Journalist Award for all her great pictures and stories.

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Alan Mayors was also presented with the Photo Journalist Award for all his great pictures and stories and The Chariot Award for his land based kayaking at “The Great Jack-O- Lantern Sail” October 24th, 2015.

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Paul and Goldene Villano were given the Special Event Award for their Planning and Executing of our 2015 Picnic including a Bike Race & Water Rescue Race. The Polar Bear Award went to Troy Siegel. This award recognizes Troy for his love of cold water.

When it comes to leadership, the following members were given the ACA Coastal Kayaking Day-Trip Leader Award: Paul Villano, Alan Mayors and Lynne Basileo

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Some of our other award recipients were recognized for their achievements.  Rhonda Moziy and………

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Troy Siegel were given an Improved Paddler Award for embodying the spirit of Nack in the area of personal skills development and who have during the course of the year significantly improved their paddling skills.

Chris King, Troy Siegel, Anthony Jenkins and Jacqueline Tabacco were awarded and recognized for completing an ACA Paddling Assessment with NACK and Achieving ACA Level 2.     Rhonda Moziy and Tom Mulligan were awarded and recognized for completing an ACA Paddling Assessment with NACK and Achieving ACA Level 1.

All of these amazing and selfless members make up the community of NACK. Without their dedication and hard work we could never enjoy this wonderful and fulfilling club.

It was a wonderful evening. Thanks to all of you, our members, for making NACK the great club that it is.

 

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Jan
05

Winter Newsletter 2016

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The Winter 2016 Newsletter is now online. Our 2015 paddling season revisited and much, much more.

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