Outdoors

In nature, October is a busy time
Fiddler crabs are cold-blooded. They don’t have to keep their body temperatures up, as long as they don’t let them drop below freezing. Thomas E. Mahnken Jr.

This is the time of year when serious surfcasters get serious
To prove what’s possible around Montauk Point these days, Edward L. Shugrue III visited it with a guide, Ken Rafferty. This false albacore was caught on his fly rod. Ken Rafferty

The tide is coming in

Striped bass were being caught with regularity
Martin Fischer donned his wetsuit Monday morning after he and his wife, Danielle, made their annual pilgrimage from Amityville to Montauk Point in the camper for the fall striped bass run. Russell Drumm

Motion in all directions
Monarch butterflies are in the midst of their fall migration, which will culminate in the mountains of central Mexico. Durell Godfrey

Fishermen descended on Hudson Canyon last week to take as many as 200 bigeyes
Bigeye tuna were graded at Gosman’s Dock in Montauk last week. The prized tuna were caught by a commercial longline fisherman. Sport anglers also got into the bigeye action that took place in the Hudson Canyon. T.E. McMorrow

Sammy’s Beach was named in the East Hampton Town Code as one of the four original “nature preserves”
During the 12-plus years of grow-back at Sammy’s Beach, very few alien plants have managed to find a niche, and the replanted area is practically free of invasives. Vicki Bustamante

Locals getting down to the pleasures of early fall
A lone surfcaster worked the channel to New Harbor on Block Island on Sunday. Russell Drumm

Tropical Storm Leslie had been inching north and east, hovering around Bermuda for days
Clean lines of surf generated by Tropical Storm Leslie made for perfect conditions during Sunday's Espo's summer classic surfing competition at Ditch Plain, Montauk, on Sunday Morgan McGivern

Montauk had just about every kind of habitat found elsewhere on Long Island with the exception of pine barrens
In late summer Montauk grasslands were once pink with a thick covering of sandplain gerardia blooms. Now the plant is federally endangered. Vicki Bustamante