The days could get even doggier
Some shorebirds, like the willet, don’t go much farther north than Long Island to breed. Durell Godfrey

A patented and slick-looking stainless steel casting device that uses compressed air to launch rigged bait
Anni Spacek, 13, caught a nine-pound fluke by the Shagwong buoy this week. Peter Spacek

Stands of this species are not uncommon on the banks that separate the shore from seawater
Ailanthus altissima

There are many productive saltwater and freshwater spots from Montauk to East Hampton
Ten angry pounds of bluefish were brought to the scale by Tom Duffy aboard Capt. Ken Raffery’s boat in Gardiner’s Bay on Sunday. Capt. Ken Rafferty

East End Classic Boat Society holds its annual fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Hartjen-Richardson Community Boat Shop at 301 Bluff Road, Amagansett

The South Fork of Long Island has just about every kind of ecological assemblage found in all the rest of the Mid-Atlantic States, but in miniaturized form

A 16-foot, 3,456-pound great white shark about the size of a Honda Accord
Brendan Fennel landed a 42-pound striper at the South Ferry slip on North Haven on a live bunker this week. Harvey Bennett

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The spring birds arrived a bit early this year, probably because of the record warmth in late February and March
It looks like 2016 will be a very good year for bluebirds on the South Fork. Terry Sullivan

When a plant or animal spreads into a new area we call it range extension
Every year a newcomer such as mile-a-minute vine, above, arrives on the South Fork and begins to upset traditional plant associations and local habitats. Victoria Bustamante