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The Urge for Porgy

Porgy, also known as scup or sea bream, sometimes gets a bum rap. Most prominent are the complaints that it’s a bony fish to eat, but that’s just hogwash.

May 9, 2019
Watching for Bacteria at Accabonac Harbor and Northwest Creek

Accabonac Harbor in Springs and Northwest Creek in East Hampton will receive a new degree of scrutiny after an expansion of a water testing program run by Concerned Citizens of Montauk.

May 9, 2019
Skunk cabbage at Big Reed Pond in Montauk, a sign of early spring Nature Notes: Signs of Spring

Birds continue to return north. Jane Bimson sent me a nice shot of an osprey perched in a tree at the edge of Fort Pond. Karen Rubinstein, who has overseen the Montauk Christmas Count for the past two years, and lives with her sister on Accabonac Harbor, reported that a pair of fish crows arrived and she observed an oystercatcher at Louse Point. She still has a pine siskin at her feeder that has yet to go north.

Mar 21, 2019
A pair of bald eagles made themselves at home in an osprey nest on the west side of Accabonac Harbor in Springs last week. Nature Notes: Changing Tides

When I was a boy growing up in Mattituck across the bay, there were no Little League baseball teams or summer camps to occupy our time and keep us from getting into trouble.

Mar 28, 2019
Atlantic white cedars, like these in North Sea, are the South Fork’s only native conifer that does well with roots standing in water. Nature Notes: Rare Wonders

Victoria Bustamante and her college-age son Chris visited one of the Atlantic white cedar swamps on Friday. There are four in North Sea, three on the north side of Little Fresh Pond and one on the south side. Conifers that do well with roots in standing water are rare across the globe and white cedars are our only native conifer with such a habit. In fact you almost never find one doing well on dry land.

Apr 4, 2019
A United States Coast and Geodetic Survey map from 1932-33 shows a much more ample Montauk Point than the one that exists in front of the lighthouse today. Nature Notes: Rock Solid

The major question having to do with climate change before the East Hampton Town Board today is how do we save Montauk from global warming.

Feb 28, 2019
It is humans who are intruding on and despoiling wild animals’ territories, “not the other way around,” Larry Penny writes. Nature Notes: One Big Family

If you looked at The New York Times on Monday, you may have come across an article about saltwater crocodiles in the Philippine Islands and how they attack humans every so often and recently killed a fisherman.

Mar 7, 2019
Nature Notes: Before It’s Too Late

The nation is shut down. It’s not for me to open it up. What’s worse to my locally oriented mind, however, is the stuff against nature that has been going down right under our noses here on the South Fork for the past several years.

Jan 17, 2019
One of the turbines that is part of the Block Island Wind Farm Nature Notes: Back Scratching

Brrrr. We knew that the mild weather wouldn’t last. So here we are shivering our timbers and wondering what comes next. Then, however, March is only a month away. Let’s hope it’s a pleasant one.

Jan 31, 2019
A landscape painting by the late Annie Cooper Boyd shows a small stream that was called Little Cream making its way through a marsh by Havens Beach. Both the marsh and the stream are long gone. Nature Notes: Spoiling Havens

The dredge spoil deposited on Havens Beach in Sag Harbor in the spring of 2018 was full of a bunch of curiosities including pieces of concrete, crockery, rusted hunks of metal, and other junk.

Feb 7, 2019