May 25, Orchard Beach and Pelham Bay



Bioluminescent comb jelly. Photo by Alex Pavlov.

Bioluminescent comb jelly. Photo by Alex Pavlov.

HarborLAB volunteers scouted Orchard Beach Lagoon and Pelham Bay in May. We intend to bring young people and community groups on Nature Paddles in these cleaner, safer waters. Photos by Alex Pavlov.

Orchard Beach Lagoon is an amazing bit of NYC, tucked away in the western Long Island Sound. You’ll be amazed that you’re still in NYC, splashing off the Bronx shore. Kids paddling here will see night herons, egrets, turtles, shellfish, bioluminescent comb jellies, jellyfish, sea grasses, foliated metamorphic rock, and numerous fish. HarborLAB Founder Erik Baard even saw a juvenile bald eagle there with David Burg of Wild Metro. HarborLAB Operations Manager EJ Lee fishes in Pelham Bay often and was the driving spirit of the day.


Coming August Highlights!


Perseids. Image courtesy of NASA.

HarborLAB is picking up steam this steamy summer! It’s just our first season with a kayak and canoe fleet and we’ve already provided hugely successful public paddling programs and educational enrichment to City of Water Day, the Clearwater Festival, and the Amazing Bronx River Flotilla, in addition to other service activities. We expect to soon have a boat trailer to greatly expand services, and you can help — ¬†please donate by check through our 501c3 fiscal conduit, Earth Day New York, noting HarborLAB in the memo line.

To see a bit of what’s ahead for August, please visit our events list on our Facebook Fan Page:

Water Sampling! Now that our volunteer base has grown, let’s achieve one of our environmental science goals by restarting participation in a harbor-wide water quality program.

Swim Across America kayak support to help the fight against cancer.

Perseids Paddle! Come see shooting stars by kayak on a Manhattan circumnavigation!

Orchard Beach youth paddle and adult tour around City Island!

And more to come!