Annual event allows Greenwich to ‘experience’ Long Island Sound

Ted Gilman, right, senior naturalist and education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, discusses ospreys with interested visitors at the annual Experience The Sound and Beyond event at Greenwich Point. –Ken Borsuk

Ted Gilman, right, senior naturalist and education specialist at Audubon Greenwich, discusses ospreys with interested visitors at the annual Experience The Sound and Beyond event at Greenwich Point. –Ken Borsuk

The sun shone brightly and there was a nice breeze this past Sunday, making it the perfect time for residents of all ages to head out to Greenwich Point to “experience the Sound and beyond.”

The annual event, put together by the town’s Shellfish Commission marked the opening for the season of The Bruce Museum Seaside Center. The goal was to expand the community’s awareness of Greenwich’s coastal marine life, nature in town, the local environment and all the outdoor recreational pursuits. To that end several local organizations, including the Shellfish Commission, the Greenwich Point Conservancy, Greenwich Audubon, Greenwich Community Gardens, the Garden Club of Greenwich and Greenwich Green and Clean set up booths to get people more involved.

There were also events at Old Greenwich Yacht Club for an up-close look at shellfishing where people could see oyster and clam boats, learn about sailing, crew, fishing and clamming and even enjoy a free raw bar.

The main attraction was the opening for the season of the Bruce Museum Seaside Center at Greenwich Point, which is in the Floren Family Environmental Center at Innis Arden Cottage. People were able to get a look at undersea life in the area including bluefish, the northern puffer fish, the hermit crab and the spider crab. Kids of all ages got a chance to touch some of the crabs and even break out a microscope to check out a starfish.

“We’re very happy to educate people about how important Long Island Sound is and show the diversity of life, the importance of the environment and allow people to have a fun time outside,” Cynthia Ehlinger, the manager for the Bruce Museum Seaside Center, told the Post. “To be able to touch a seastar or a sea cucumber and learn what it is and how it works is very important. Long Island Sound is right outside our door and these are the creatures you are swimming with. That’s their home.”

The Seaside Center will be open until Sept. 1 with classes and fun activities like arts and crafts, animal feedings and coastal scavenger hunts set weekly on Tuesdays through Sundays. A full schedule is available online at Brucemuseum.org or by calling 203-637-3515.

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