I did another section of the North Country Trail, this time in Hoxie Gorge State Forest near Cortland, NY. It was the beginning of September, so still warm out but the feeling of fall nearing. This section of trail comes out onto Underwood Hill with great views of Central New York.
I am very excited to announce that The Count: Conserving Long Island’s Horseshoe Crabs will not only be making it’s world premiere at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival next month in New York City, it has also been honored with the 2015 Best Amateur Film Award!
It’s finally ready! After nearly a year of shooting and editing, I completed my newest short documentary – The Count: Conserving Long Island’s Horseshoe Crabs. I interviewed several researchers and citizen scientists working to collect data surveying the horseshoe crab population on Long Island – at a critical time when the Red Knot shorebird (who depend on horseshoe crab eggs for food) were recently added to the federal endangered species list. I really enjoyed working on this film – shooting in my new backyard on the Long Island Sound, meeting many wonderful people working to make sure Long Island’s waterways remain living and thriving, and filming wildlife for the first time. Watch the film below and learn more here.
This is an excerpt of an interview I shot with David Chase, a former commercial fisherman and marine sciences teacher. David also the Educational Programs Director of Coastal Steward. He is the site coordinator for the Horseshoe Crab Spawning Survey at Mt. Sinai Harbor.
Last month I spent International Coastal Cleanup Day with Coastal Steward on the Long Island Sound. Over 20 years ago Coastal Steward founders were diving in Port Jefferson Harbor and discovered that marine debris and trash were piling up. They started a group to do beach cleanups and today have expanded the organization into four additional programs, including shellfish restoration, osprey platforms, fish tagging, and marine science education. My favorite part of working on this project was the opportunity to help protect the beaches and coastal areas where I spend so much of my time.