Slide Show: Ospreys return to the North Fork

04/01/2011 6:31 AM |

The temperatures aren’t quite yet seasonal, but the return of the osprey to the North Fork is a certain sign of spring’s ultimate arrival. Here, a couple back from the tropics gets the house in order on a nesting platform at Cedar Beach in Southold.

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | An osprey rebuilds its nest after its return to the North Fork.

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  • Absolutely breath taking…..

  • I don’t think the one in Flanders ever left for the winter. (by Rt 105 and 24). Times are tough. Perhaps he couldn’t afford it.

  • Watch when they build the wind turbine in Riverhead. They’ll a lot less Ospreys around. Too bad.
    They are beautiful birds.

  • I have to agree with the school on this one. Pranks are the LEAST of children’s problems today. But the gross lack of respect and integrity are the problems that truly need to be addressed today. Good for the school for enforcing discipline which is something that is unfortunately becoming a thing of the past. As for the amount of punishment/discipline involved…I am sure their are other factors not mentioned in the article.

  • Not being able to attend prom could be appropriate considering factors that we are unaware of. Sure there could be other forms of disipline that could be used, however, it is a privilege and NOT a right. Children are not entitled to anything that they don’t deserve. Behavior, particularly in terms of respect must be addressed swiftly and harshly, otherwise we continue to allow our children to think that they can behave however they want without consequences.

  • The reason why the prank got out of control was because of all the underclassmen that “on their own” made a decesion to participate.

  • My guess is that the school administrators have very little authority over what they can choose as a consequence. I’m all in favor of “creative” punishments, but I don’t think they can mandate physical labor on minors (or anyone else for that matter). And I wouldn’t classify the school’s reaction as harsh. It seems they understood the playful nature of the prank, but are not going to tolerate the students taking it to the next level of disrespect and verbal abuse. They chose to act like jackasses, now they can learn that jackasses aren’t welcome at school celebrations.

  • Maybe its time for someone with actual first hand knowledge of the situation to say something. The bouncy balls were not of any significant danger to the students and it was a playful act. Even some teachers were participating. There has even been speculation that some teachers and secretaries had known of the prank weeks before but felt it was safe enough to be done. The only parts of the prank that went out of control was the involvement of underclassmen who were seen filling waterbottles with toilet water and throwing them “attempting” to be in the “it” crowd. I also personally saw a group of freshman throw a wooden block into a crowd of kids. THOSE kids deserve to be diciplined. The students originally had no attitudes with the faculty but it was clear both the principal and assistant principle were enraged over the situation and myself and others were forcefully grabbed and shoved toward our classes. Under no circumstance is physical contact appropriate if no violence had occured. And the story that they only punished kids who were being extremely vulgar and inappropriate with the staff is completely false. They faculty viewed a tape of the incident and immediately expelled all students they could clearly identify as throwing the bouncy balls. Even in Mr.Murphys announcement during the day he admitted anyone on camera caught throwing the balls would be expelled and not allowed to walk at graduation or go to prom. There are way too many lies surrounding this incident but as a student present during all events i can assure you everything i have just said is 100% accurate.

  • Nice Job Nathan, finally someone who isn’t telling lies speaks up.

  • a total of 9 students out of hundreds are being disiplined by not being able to go to prom….9 out of hundreds, yet nobody has seen the security footage that is said to exist. What a shame that such harsh punishment needs to be handed down. All this with absolutly no time for a proper investigation by parents to make a correct determination as to weather the crime fits the punishment.Just how does a school with a security detail the size of village police forces allow several hundred students to congregate in one area, no less get several hundred if not thousands of balls into school. Much egg on the faces of the admin staff of the longwood school district!!! It appears as they are doing nothing more then saving face at the expence of 9…yes 9kids….shame on them

  • u go to school for 12 years do a minor prank and get it all taken away. smh

  • nathan…contact samantha brix at the north shore sun……have any other student that was disilpined or thier parents do the same……..justice doesnt have to be one sided….school officials were wrong….now go get them!!!!