My outlook on the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are the seventeen goals set for the world by the United Nations during 2015 (learn more about them here!). They represent guidelines for the steps that humanity must take collectively, by the target year 2030, to live sustainably.  To live sustainably is to live in a manner…

The Deer and Their Special Messages

I’ve always loved being out in nature for as long as I can remember, but something that I’ve come to learn about quite recently is my very own spirit animal: the deer. Now, this might sound crazy to some, but I believe that everyone has their own spirit animal, a special and unique kind of…

A Freshman’s take on The Ashley Schiff Preserve

Unfortunately for tree huggers such as myself, Long Island isn’t known for its wilderness- it’s known for being the home of modern suburbs. I’ve lived here all my life and constantly struggled to find areas untouched by development to disconnect in peace and silence to. The only place I’d go was to a small set…

Ashley Schiff Preserve Day 2020 – Letter from the President

A year ago today, in celebration of 50 Year Forever Wild, Councilwoman Valerie Cartwright designated October 4 as Ashley Schiff Preserve Day in the Town of Brookhaven. Thank you, Valerie! In recognition of the importance of parks, preserves and open spaces, Kara Hahn and Kirstin Gillibrand helped us celebrate. In the span of 12 short months, we’ve been beset by…

Let’s Prove Thanos Wrong

“the universe is finite. its resources, finite. If life is left unchecked, life will cease to exist. It needs correction” – Thanos In the end of the famous Marvel series movie, Avengers: Endgame, there’s a scene about the whales coming back to the Hudson River after having 50% of the world population ‘disappeared’ by Thanos….

Letter from the President

I spent January 1st 2020 outdoors, riding my horse friend Lefty over the trails of Connetquot River State Park. The air chilled both of us, but Lefty loves to explore. His ear swivel with the abundant deer and stealthy foxes. When I was a child, I thought that winter woodlands were a dead place. But…

The Little Big Changes – how big is your backyard?

I received my Bachelors in Ecosystems and Human Impact (Sustainability Studies Program) this May from Stony Brook University. It’s a multidisciplinary program which covers variety of subjects in sustainability – from economics, environmental chemistry to anthropology and ecology. As I plan my courses, my advisors often asked me and my other peers ‘what do you…

Me and the deer poop…

Walking into the woods is something I do on a pretty regular basis. When I get too stressed out, I just wander out into the woods to explore, find cool rocks, or even just sit there for a minute to listen. I know all the woods on campus. I know where all the deer, rabbits,…

Invader from a foreign land…

A few days ago, as I trekked through the Ashley Schiff Nature Preserve with my class, I felt like an invader in a foreign land. I had no business here. I am a college student who does part-time work with computers, and as a result, nature does not agree with me. I can appreciate nature,…

We’ll never know unless we start looking

On a very, very taxing day Professor Pochron decided to drag my exhausted and non-athletically equipt body to the other side of campus for a long… long… looooonnnngggg nature walk. As a moody teenager and college student it is my duty- No, my obligation to complain about any physical activity that I didn’t think of…