Amy Carrillo

Amy Carrillo

Sunday, 10 June 2018 16:30

Vamos a la playa, a mi me gusta baila…

I’m Amy Carrillo. I am a junior at Fordham University. I am currently majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Biology. I grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, and now live in Queens, New York. For as long as I’ve lived near the Long Island Sound, I had never heard of Fire Island until applying for this internship.

Thursday, 28 June 2018 16:27

A Living Fossil?!

Horseshoe crabs are lining up on the ocean as we speak! Do you know why? June is horseshoe crab mating season. They enjoy coming out at night so they can mate and lay their eggs. Just the other night, I was walking down the bay and got to see about a hundred horseshoe crabs lining up along the shoreline.

Friday, 29 June 2018 16:20

Fire Island Sites

There are four major sites on Fire Island that I have gotten to visit:

Watch Hill

This is the first site I got to visit on Fire Island. Even though it’s a long ferry ride, it’s worth it. Watch Hill is home to an expansive salt marsh that is bursting with wildlife. You can can see Snowy Egrets, Osprey, deer, Gray Catbirds, and much more. The waves on the beach are huge and the sand dunes surrounding the beach are fairly untouched. At this location I got to observe Ranger Pat lead a tour for a class field trip, and I even got to help out.

Thursday, 05 July 2018 16:17

Sun’s Out, Canoes Out!

I have been looking forward to the canoe program all summer. And, now, it is finally here! The canoe tour program includes paddling through Watch Hill’s salt marsh, and learning about the importance of this vital ecosystem. Next, we canoe out to Long Cove. Long Cove use to be a community at Fire Island before the government turned it into federally designated Wilderness.

Friday, 27 July 2018 16:13

Go Fish!

Each of our fish tanks at the Visitor Center holds a different array of marine life present in the Great South Bay. The fish tanks and the seining program to fill the fish tanks are valuable for teaching the public about the bay ecosystem and the importance of protecting it.

Friday, 03 August 2018 16:05

Latino Conservation Week

We had a very successful Latino Conservation Week event this week! The name of the event was “Latino Conservation Celebration Day at Fire Island.” I was very nervous the week before the event. For instance, I had nerves about the weather.

Thursday, 23 August 2018 16:00

Environmental Justice

I grew up with clean drinking water. I had public parks available to me. My house wasn’t near a sewage treatment facility. Overall, I had clean air, clean water, and available green space. However, these important basic rights aren’t always available to everyone.