We listened to the night music of tree crickets, katydids, whippoorwills, and barking dogs.
If the economy keeps sinking, those with gardens, those who keep chickens and know how to fish will get by and those who don’t will be dependent on those who have roosters crowing next door. Carissa Katz

A must-have T-shirt

Many naturalists and ecologists have contributed much to the idea of supplanting lawns with habitat gardens
With an adult nearby, a piping plover chick stretched its downy wings near its sandy nesting area. Sarita Kiembock

Porgies seem to be getting larger and larger
Mason Cohen of Water Mill greeted a porgy up close and personal during an outing provided by the Flying Point Surf School’s fish camp last week. Ava Locks Photo

Earn a New York boating certificate

an exquisite collection of Indian artifacts, taxidermied animals, wampum shells, dioramic paintings, costumes, and other items
A robin seemed perplexed to find a young osprey in its neighborhood off Osborne Lane. Dell Cullum

The hunting strategy of many species involves hanging in a protected spot
On July 11, the Montauk Chamber of Commerce went offshore for its annual Take a Kid Fishing for Free program. There will be repeat trips in August. Kids fish free, parents or caregivers pay $10. Lea Braak

Throughout June I had seen several of these pretty light green vocalists

Fishing under sail is at once a peaceful (a relative term) and an exciting way to go
The Viking Fivestar, an upscale charter boat designed to take a limited number of anglers on offshore fishing ventures in comfort, will arrive at Montauk’s Viking Dock in early August. Viking Photo

This summer I have had a regal fritillary
Butterflies, like this swallowtail, are nectar eaters. Durell Godfrey