The Hempstead Plains was the largest prairie in New York State well into the late 1800s
The Greentree Foundation has used controlled burns and other methods to restore grasslands on the former Whitney Estate in Manhasset. Victoria Bustamante

Lobsters love a rock-strewn environment
The striped bass 11-year-old Joseph Nesbit caught off Montauk Point on Saturday looked nearly as big as him. It was 35 inches long and weighed about 15 pounds. Dyanna Nesbitt

False albacore remain thick in local waters. Michael Larson of Montauk caught this one near the Lighthouse this week. Lou Serio

A brown booby, common in tropical areas, was spotted this month on top of a mast on Lake Montauk from South Lake Drive, possibly pushed north by one of the powerful hurricanes that swept through the Caribbean. Jackie Nilson

Floating aquaculture in Gardiner’s Bay raises concerns of a changing seascape
Potential oyster-aquaculture plots have been laid out in Gardiner’s Bay from near the Devon Yacht Club to Napeague Harbor Inlet. Some neighbors are beginning to object. The East Hampton Star

In two cases, lacerations showed that fishing nets or lines could be the culprits
Members of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation tried to rescue a bottlenose dolphin from Three Mile Harbor on Oct. 3, but it proved too sick to help. Dell Cullum
A team from the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society, with help from East Hampton Town Marine Patrol, collected a dolphin found dead on Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett on Saturday. Gabrielle L. McGee
Dell Cullum

Every year, it seems, the traffic becomes progressively worse
A never-ending push to develop and redevelop has brought a host of other issues to the South Fork, including long lines of traffic. Durell Godfrey

One of the toughest fighters pound for pound in our local waters
Stubby, stout, and not much to look at, blackfish gain their stellar flavor by feasting on a diet of green crabs and other hard-shelled species like lobster and mussels. Jon M. Diat

Bobwhites have become scarcer and scarcer with each passing year
Girl Scout Troop 1971, a.k.a. the Quail Scouts, sponsored a bobwhite quail release at Feisty Acres Farm in Jamesport on Saturday. Terry Hartmann