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  • In nature, it’s not the more things change, the more things stay the same, but the more things...
  • During a normal year, many different insects and arthropods enter and exit my room in Noyac. Very few...
  • Just about every local bird that is going to nest on Long Island is already nesting. Some early birds such as the great...
  • On Friday afternoon I witnessed something for the first time in my 75 years. I was standing with a companion on...
  • Scientists have told us that crows are the birds most susceptible to catching and dying from the West Nile virus. Humans get immunized against...
  • Yes, it’s a slow spring, but most everything is back from the South and the insects, ticks, and spiders are out to get us. It’s safer in the house or in the water.
  • Her latest discovery, although perhaps not original, blew my mind: a carpet of trout lilies stretching almost as far as the eye could see near Big Reed Pond, east of Lake Montauk and west of Oyster Pond. I’d reconnoitered that very same area on many...
  • “Do Fish Sleep?” by Judith S. Weis of Rutgers University is a new book about, what else, fish. It follows closely on the heels of a book she co-wrote with a colleague, “Salt Marshes: A Natural and Unnatural History.”
  • Let’s see. The ospreys are back on their nests. The alewives are running in droves from North Sea Harbor to Big Fresh Pond in Southampton. Wild cherries are beginning to leaf out. I’ve yet to see the first shad in bloom. Daylily leaves and wild onions are popping up here and there. Spring is grudgingly showing its colors.
  • With more than 95 percent of the deciduous leaves fallen, including those of understory and shrub-layer deciduous species, it is a very good time to familiarize yourself with the native evergreens, of which there are several.