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  • 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.
  • At this latitude the vast majority of the plants become dormant by the time of the first frost, many mammals and all of the frogs, land turtles, snakes, and salamanders go in