During the Surfers Healing event for autistic children in Montauk on Friday, Israel Paskowitz, seated on the board at right, filmed one of the young participants as she rode a gentle wave with her helper. Russell Drumm

In September, Long Island, especially along the coast, is a great migration route for shorebirds, hawks, dragonflies, and butterflies, or at least one species of butterfly, the monarch
The giant swallowtail butterfly, common in some parts of North America, is not often seen here. Karen Rubinstein

David Schleifer said the ray fought hard, his 20-pound-test monofilament tested to its limit
Fishing off Ditch Plain from his stand-up paddleboard, David Schleifer hooked this 40-pound ray.

We take sand for granted but it covers much of the world’s surface and forms an almost continuous band at the periphery of every continent except Antarctica

“Did you hear? So-and-so caught a this-and-that.” Carl heard it all, every day, a walking encyclopedia of fish facts.
“Is it because of global warming?” wondered Henry, Chris, and Xander Goodman after they caught a small bigeye tuna just off Wiborg’s Beach in East Hampton on Labor Day. Edward L. Shugrue III
Capt. Ken Rafferty guided Brett Davis to this 21-pound striped bass, his first on a fly rod. Ken Rafferty

Place a moat between us and the crowds
Max Polsky landed this mahimahi within sight of Montauk Point with his father, George, at the helm. George Polsky
The haul for Capt. Skip Rudolph and his wife, Vickie, when they took the Adios offshore to tuna country included four bigeye tuna, three albacore, and two yellowfin.

Most of Long Island’s flora is relatively recent, 15,000 years or so old
In Montauk County Park at Third House, you can still find a native wood lily, Lilium philadelphicum, or two blooming in July. Victoria Bustamante

This week’s botany tale is not as sweet as last week’s
The cardinal flower, a member of the Lobelia genus Victoria Bustamante
Purple bladderwort carpets part of Trout Pond in Noyac.Victoria Bustamante
They are ferocious feeders from baby snapper to 20-pound “chomper.”
Fish. It’s what’s for dinner. Peter Spacek

This mystery lady was from East Hampton and extensively botanized the South Fork in the late 1800s