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Huntington seeks volunteers to feed starving waterfowl

Huntington officials are seeking volunteers to help feed hungry waterfowl in the town.

Town board members are to join volunteers at 9:30 a.m. Friday at Centershore Road near Westfield Drive in Centerport to spread feed for waterfowl that have been starving and in some cases dying because of the effects of the severe winter.

"Local baymen and residents have reported seeing malnourished ducks and other waterfowl in some cases too weak to fly as a result of their inability to find food because of frozen bays and harbors," town Supervisor Frank Petrone said in a news release. "The prolonged ice has removed the sole food source for many migratory birds, prompting the town to take action to stem this heartbreaking situation."

Huntington has spent $300 on 2,000 pounds of feed and started identifying volunteers to distribute the feed at six locations: Billy Joel Park in Cold Spring Harbor; Gold Star Battalion Beach in Huntington; Heron Park in Centerport; Scudder Beach and Crab Meadow Beach in Northport; and the town parking lot adjacent to Price's Bend in Eaton's Neck.

Anyone interested in volunteering can pick up a bag of feed at the harbormaster's office, 53 N. New York Ave. in Huntington. Volunteers also will receive an instruction sheet detailing how and where to place the food for maximum effect.

Southampton Town Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst on Sunday said the town is working with several environmental groups to distribute feed to residents to disseminate to starving ducks on the East End. Southampton spent $500 on a ton and a half of food, she said.

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