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May 2018

Sheldrake Environmental Center Celebrates Earth Day 2018

By Stephen E. Lipken


Sheldrake Environmental Center, (SEC) 685 Weaver Street, Larchmont celebrated Earth Day 2018 on Sunday, April 22 during a picture-perfect day.


“Today we are celebrating Earth Day,” SEC Executive Director Jennifer Keefe noted.  “We have had a two-part experience for the day.  We have had about 20 families from Westchester Jewish Center (WJC) in Mamaroneck  and a Daisy Troop [Girl Scout Troop 2699, Larchmont] do a Reservoir cleanup…For the afternoon we have about 63 people, about 22 separate families with 33 children…”


“We live in the community and take advantage of what the Long Island Sound and water systems provide for us, so it is nice to give back,” WJC member Michael Koffler observed. “Doing something like this really increases awareness of how you impact the environment…”


“This afternoon consists of three separate Earth Day-friendly activities, the first a Sensory Walk or Scavenger Hunt; the second a Birding Workshop with our friends from Audubon.  The third is an Eco-Crafting Workshop,” Keefe continued.  “We will be making either bird feeders or wind chimes from sea shells...”


Doug Bloom, Vice President, Bronx River Sound Shore Audubon Society, measured pupils’ outstretched arms to compare them with birds’ wingspans.  A 39-inch measurement, for example is the equivalent to the wingspan of a crow.


Bloom advised people not to buy birdseed containing milo, golden millet or corn.  “Most of the birds around won’t eat it; it’s just left over. You want things that have either all sunflower or mix with sunflower, peanuts and white millet…”


Doug is the son of Lee Bloom, former Town of Mamaroneck Councilman who was the first Chairman, Friends of the Reservoir and Sheldrake Environmental Center.


Public environmental awareness was heightened with a display of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Joint Garbage Disposal Commission Food Waste Recycling Program by Karen Khor and son Alex Tan.  “We invite residents to voluntarily drop off all their food waste including meat, bones, shellfish, paper towels and bring it over to the Maxwell Avenue Recycling Center to be diverted from the trash…It will be taken to a commercial composting facility in Ulster County to be converted into compost in three months and sold to landscapers and gardeners in order to grow more food (e-mail Information@LMSanitation.org).”