December Seal Walks
Winter on the beach in Long Island isn’t exactly swimming weather – unless you’re a seal, that is. And so it is that on most Saturdays and Sundays in the winter months (actually, through April 29, 2018), the scientists of CRESLI host walks for those who want to learn about, observe and photograph Long Island seals in their native habitat.
CRESLI stands for the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island, and was founded by a group of experts in marine mammal science, environmental sciences, education and conservation. Most walks start in the morning (as early as 7:30 am and as late a 1 pm – on December 16 the walk starts at 11 am), take about two hours, and are approximately 1.2 miles round trip. Children are welcome.
Cost is a suggested donation of $5 per adult and $3 per child under 18. Reservations are required in advance, and can be made at www.cresli.org. To find the walkers, drive to Cupsogue Beach County Park (at the western end of Dune Road in Westhampton Beach) and look for your group near the fence at the western end of the parking lot. Weather is important, so please call CRESLI for schedule changes and cancellations – (631) 319-6003. Meeting times are 15 minutes prior to departure.
As you’d expect, winter at the beach can be windy and cold, so dress accordingly, with hats, gloves, and warm waterproof shoes. Warm outwear should be in muted colors. Binoculars, cameras and water for the trip are recommended.