Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Island Treasures

Today was an awesome day on Shell Beach at Camp Harbor View. Over the course of the afternoon we had the privilege to take out two groups of campers, leaders and LITs for some beach combing on Long Island's beautiful western shore. While the sun was hot, the refreshingly brisk water and a string of interesting finds helped us push on.

Among some of the more interesting finds was an old US military button. While it is hard to put an exact date on the button, because the makers-marks and distinct characteristics have corroded away in the saltwater, similar designs that I could find date from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This puts it among the oldest finds I have seen (and can actually estimate a date) during my time at Save The Harbor, and certainly makes it deserving of the term historical treasure.

Its hard to make out, but the button has a a distinct and large 'US' stamped on it.

Needless to say the the camper with the sharp eyes was proud of his awesome find.
Of course, the day was also filled with plenty of biologically oriented discoveries. Each group managed to find their own dead skate, which provided an opportunity for me to discuss the species and plenty of awe-factor through their bizarre looks and 'ripe' smell. 

No beach walk on a rock strewn shore would be complete without a handful of ever present Asian Shore Crabs.
- To more great finds,
             Tom Rebula

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