Let’s clean up this beach!
I am always fascinated by oasis of nature in the midsts of a major metropolis. I got a chance to spend time at one: Plumb Beach in Brooklyn, New York, which is part of Gateway National Recreation Area. This beach along with the other locations of the recreation area is a critical stop for birds migrating north.
Unfortunately, garbage and debris winds up on its shores. “It’s unsightly, polluting, and prevents urban wildlife like migratory birds, diamondback terrapins, and horseshoe crabs from using the beaches for feeding and nesting.” Together with ~20 other volunteers, got down and dirty to rid the beach of all the unwanted materias. We found the expected (bottles of water, plastic bags, plastic straws, Heineken beer, styrofoam cups) and were shocked by the unexpected things we found including syringes, a tire, a jug of Mazola oil, a capsized buried boat, a condom, a diaper, a side table and an infinite number of cigarette butts! The number of bags of trash we collected by the end of the cleanup was appalling.
I am glad to say that the beach looked like new by the time we left. Now, the wildlife and beach visitors can enjoy a beautiful corner of nature in the sprawling NYC metropolis.
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