Open season on Amazon drones could be just around the corner.

Ecologically it has run the gamut from tundra to heathland to oak hickory forest to grassland to savannah and back to oak hickory forest

Mal de mer
The blackfish Ed Rennar caught on the south side of Montauk Point last week missed the record blackfish by only a few ounces, weighing in at 10.65 pounds after two days in a pen. Had it been weighed when caught, it probably would have set a new record. Dawn Rennar

Early in Long Island’s 15,000-year history, sea level was more than 100 feet lower than it is now
Once the glacier stopped its advance and began to retreat to the north, its meltwaters ran easterly to the Peconics and south to the sea, carrying with them fine soil particles to form alluvial fans that ultimately became flattish productive farmland. Durell Godfrey

Authors of the Magnuson-Stevens Act created management counsels, peopled by scientists, conservationists, and fishermen, to oversee fish stocks found off the country’s coasts
The statue at Montauk Point remembers fishermen lost at sea. Many believe the fishing industry is now in danger of being lost to regulations handed down from Washington, D.C. Russell Drumm

Moore’s Woods is one of the easternmost outposts of the famous Appalachian hardwood forest
The leaves of the rare cranefly orchid peek out from the fallen leaves in Moore’s Woods in Greenport. The orchid flowers in the spring and leafs out in the fall. Victoria Bustamante

Our connection to the natural world is a blessing that must never be taken for granted, or squandered
Rumors that the fall striped bass run is over are greatly exaggerated. Surfcasters continued to catch fish up to 20 pounds during the past week. Russell Drumm

The winter birds have been showing up in good numbers

Tales of Friday’s big wind, big surf, big white water, and big striped bass
Surfcasters had to work for their catch on Friday, as a large ocean swell was pushed sideways by a 20-knot southwest wind, but big bass in the 20-to-30-pound range were the payoff. Russell Drumm