Celebrating Earth Day, Through the Raindrops

Earth Day paddling on Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s ice pond.
Earth Day paddling on Quogue Wildlife Refuge’s ice pond.

East Enders took a shine to loving the Earth over the weekend of April 22 & 23 at packed events throughout both forks. Here are some of our favorite photos from this year’s Earth Day celebrations:

Katherine Schelp of Save The Animals Rescue Foundation with her friend, a long-eared owl, at Group for the East End’s Earth Day Celebration at Downs Farm Preserve
Katherine Schelp of Save The Animals Rescue Foundation with her friend, a long-eared owl, at Group for the East End’s Earth Day Celebration at Downs Farm Preserve

 

Jason Leonard won the North Fork Environmental Council’s Earth Day 5K on April 23 at Indian Island County Park
Jason Leonard won the North Fork Environmental Council’s Earth Day 5K on April 23 at Indian Island County Park

 

Cindy Pease Roe showed off her Whale’s Tail sculpture at the Southampton Arts Center April 22
Cindy Pease Roe showed off her Whale’s Tail sculpture at the Southampton Arts Center April 22

 

“Jack from Springs” cleaning the shoreline of Gin Beach during Concerned Citizens of Montauk’s Great Montauk Cleanup April 22. “It’s a beautiful place, just doing my part to keep it that way.” | Dave Davis photo

 

Quogue Wildlife Refuge volunteer Donna Hepworth gets into the spirit
Quogue Wildlife Refuge volunteer Donna Hepworth gets into the spirit.

 

Hikers Jacqueline Errico and Danny Tichio help the Central Pine Barrens Commission replant pitch pines on April 20 in an area of Sears Bellows Park devastated by the Southern Pine Beetle.
Hikers Jacqueline Errico and Danny Tichio help the Central Pine Barrens Commission replant pitch pines on April 20 in an area of Sears Bellows Park devastated by the Southern Pine Beetle.

 

A jellyfish sculpture at Group for the East End's celebration at Downs Farm Preserve.
A jellyfish sculpture at Group for the East End’s celebration at Downs Farm Preserve.

 

Project Vibe performed at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
Project Vibe performed at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.

 

Artist April Gornik raises awareness about the difficulties of recycling #5 plastic at Southampton Arts Center.
Artist April Gornik raises awareness about the difficulties of recycling #5 plastic at Southampton Arts Center.

 

At the starting line of the Second Annual Earth Dai 5K on April 23.
At the starting line of NFEC’s Second Annual Earth Day 5K on April 23.

 

Julia King performs at Group for the East End's celebration at Downs Farm Preserve.
Julia King performs at Group for the East End’s celebration at Downs Farm Preserve.

 

Concerned Citizens of Montauk get ready for the Great Montauk Cleanup,
Concerned Citizens of Montauk get ready for the Great Montauk Cleanup. | Dave Davis photo

 

Artist Cindy Pease Roe led an Upsculpting session at Southampton Arts Center’s Earth Day celebration Saturday, with the help of attendees Diane and Cassidy Hewett.
Artist Cindy Pease Roe led an Upsculpting session at Southampton Arts Center’s Earth Day celebration Saturday, with the help of attendees Diane and Cassidy Hewett.

 

Julie Hargrave and Jerry Tverdyy were among the volunteers who joined the Central Pine Barrens Commission planting pitch pine seedlings April 20 in an area of Sears Bellows Park that had been cleared of a southern pine beetle infestation.
Julie Hargrave and Jerry Tverdyy were among the volunteers who joined the Central Pine Barrens Commission planting pitch pine seedlings April 20 in an area of Sears Bellows Park that had been cleared of a southern pine beetle infestation.

 

A recycled sculpture at GFEE's celebration at Downs Farm Preserve.
A recycled sculpture at GFEE’s celebration at Downs Farm Preserve.

 

Tesla Tree Reflections.
Tesla Tree Reflections at Southampton Arts Center.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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