Farmingville, NY – -On July 7, Supervisor Ed Romaine was at the Town’s Manorville Compost Facility to announce the annual Quail release will be held at Longwood Estate in Ridge on Tuesday, July 19 at 10:00 am. Working with the Center for Environmental Education and Discovery (CEED), students from Nassau and Suffolk Counties including Shoreham-Wading River, Longwood Library, Mt Sinai School District, and Middle Country School District assisted in raising Northern Bobwhite Quail for release into the wild. The birds were hatched and cared for by the students for two weeks before handing them off to CEED, where a cadre of CEED Volunteers continue to raise them in outdoor flight pens until they are 12 weeks old. Once abundant on Long Island, Northern Bobwhite Quail are released annually in Brookhaven Town to help control the tick population, especially the deer tick, which is a carrier of Lyme disease. To learn more about CEED and their Northern Bobwhite Quail Release programs in other communities, visit www.ceedli.org. The annual Quail release at Longwood Estate is administered by the Town of Brookhaven’s Department of Recycling and Sustainable Materials Management (RSMM).
Pictured left to right are Town of Brookhaven Chief Deputy Commissioner of RSMM, Daniel Johnson; Commissioner of RSMM, Christine Fetten; CEED Intern Sara Poon; CEED Executive Director Sally Wellinger; CEED Wildlife Biologist, Program and Site Director, Eric Powers; CEED Supporters David and Beth Pate; and Supervisor Ed Romaine.