Outdoors

The Northeast Canyons and Sea­mounts Marine National Monument, located 130 miles southeast of Cape Cod, became the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean through designation by President Obama under the 1906 Antiquities Act.
In the 1940s almost every family on the North Fork had at least one dog and one cat. Many families kept a larger menagerie — pigs, chickens, goats, cows, and sometimes a horse or two. Horses were an extravagance; you couldn’t eat them nor did they...
America is making progress at bringing back lost species of flowers and plants, while simultaneously better protecting animal species that were most vulnerable. The gray wolf and grizzly bear, two species that were approaching extinction in the...
The crowds that came to Montauk Point to witness the wild surf created by Tropical Storm Hermine were greeted by something large and white beached under the Lighthouse at Turtle Cove. Not a whale but a 27-foot Stamas fishing boat with twin 225-...
Resting comfortably in the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” side of the aisle, I’m a somewhat slow adopter of new fishing tackle technologies.
I led a nature walk at Shadmoor State Park for a nice couple from Amagansett who won the walk in the East Hampton Ladies Village Improvement Society auction held on July 30. Their son and a girlfriend, as well as another woman friend and her son,...
All animals of a species have culture. If we accept the notion that plants communicate with one another underground via mycorrhizal connections, plants also have culture. In evolution, not only does a species adapt to changing climes and competition...
Around this time of year, bogus sightings of false albacore begin to percolate among hopeful fishermen. Anglers eager for a tussle with the line-peeling speedster confuse pods of marauding bluefish for their prize. Eyes see what they want to see...
Long Island is the biggest island by far in the Long Island archipelago. This archipelago may not be a true archipelago like the Galapagos in the South Pacific off Ecuador or the Channel Islands off Southern California in the middle Pacific or the...
Bluefish are born mean. A snapper, or juvenile bluefish, will attack just about any lure thrown its way. This silver assassin’s impulsive behavior and voracious appetite make it the perfect target for kids, first-time anglers, and those who just...
Some human domiciles are 1,000 years old or more. Several on Long Island date back to the late 1600s. Most houses, however, have lost their sense of permanence. Fifty years ago, one would never raze a house to build another one unless it was...
I’ve avoided writing a column about fishing with drones because, quite frankly, I think it’s an idiotic pursuit. But recently I’ve been getting reports from tackle shops that more and more customers are inquiring about using a drone rather than a...
A paddle-out in memory of Russell Drumm will be held at Ditch Plain Beach in Montauk on Saturday at 8 a.m.