04/16/14 3:00pm
04/16/2014 3:00 PM
Craig Scott and his daughters Aneisha, 16, (left) and Shayla, 12, of Riverhead worked on cleaning up an empty wooded lot on the western end of Lincoln Avenue during last April's cleanup. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Craig Scott and his daughters Aneisha, 16, (left) and Shayla, 12, of Riverhead worked on cleaning up an empty wooded lot on the western end of Lincoln Avenue during last April’s cleanup. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

Riverhead Town and the Riverhead High School Key Club have organized an “Annual Litter Awareness and Spring Cleanup Day” on Saturday, May 3, beginning at 9 a.m. 

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04/04/14 10:43am
04/04/2014 10:43 AM
Professor Christopher Gobler will lead the Long Island Coastal Conservation and Research Alliance (Credit: Gordon M. Grant / Stony Brook University)

Professor Christopher Gobler will lead the Long Island Coastal Conservation and Research Alliance (Credit: Gordon M. Grant / Stony Brook University)

Experts at Stony Brook University’s School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences are taking a more integral role in combating pollution in Long Island coastal waters.  (more…)

04/02/14 8:00am
04/02/2014 8:00 AM

Anglers aboard Captain Bob Rochetta’s boat Rainbow Charters in Orient Point showing off their catch from last season. (Courtesy photo)

Just two months after new fluke fishing size and catch limits gave New York anglers some relief, North Fork charter boat captains say a new regulation will keep fishermen docked during the height of the local season.

State Department of Conservation officials have announced the 2014 fluke fishing season will not open until May 17 — more than two weeks after New York’s historical start date around May 1, said Captain Bob Busby, president of the North Fork Captains Association (NFCA).  (more…)

03/21/14 1:00pm
03/21/2014 1:00 PM

COURTESY PHOTO | Cutch the osprey after he was captured at North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue.

It’s about that time of year when all the part-timers make their way back to the North Fork — the Osprey, that is — returning from a sultry winter abroad.

Ornithologist Rob Bierregaard, who for 13 years has been tracking ospreys’ flight paths to learn about their southern migration patterns, has made it easier for lovers of the sea hawks to track their inevitable return, launching a new website with interactive maps that details their travels.

Mr. Bierregaard said ospreys are trickling their way up the east coast, with North Fork’s resident bird, North Fork Bob, expected to take off for his journey from Venezuela to the North Fork within the next week.

Mr. Bierregaard tagged North Fork Bob in early August 2010, who has been going strong ever since, he said in past interviews.

In past three years, Bob has left around the same time each March, on the 15th in 2011, the 20th in 2012 and the 21st last year, according to the website.

As learned from Cutch — an osprey caught and tagged behind the fifth hole of the North Fork Country Club in Cutchogue — the aerial journey comes with its share of treacherous obstacles. Cutch managed to accidentally impale himself on a piece of a tree protruding from a pond last year, Mr. Bierregaard later found out.

To learn more about North Fork Bob, or any of the 23 other birds Mr. Bierregaard is tracking, and plan for their return, visit his website.

Ornithologist Rob Bierregaard is tracking the flight path of 24 birds, including North Fork Bob, who despite treacherous obstacles has returned to the area each spring since 2010. (Credit: www.ospreytrax.com)

Ornithologist Rob Bierregaard is tracking the flight path of 24 birds, including North Fork Bob, who despite treacherous obstacles has returned to the area each spring since 2010. (Credit: www.ospreytrax.com)

03/19/14 12:12pm
03/19/2014 12:12 PM

Kevin McAllister is no longer with Peconic Baykeeper after more than 15 years. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The nonprofit Peconic Baykeeper organization, charged with safeguarding East End waterways, has lost its lead watchdog, an agency spokeswoman confirmed. Kevin McAllister, who served as president of the group for more than 15 years, is no longer affiliated with the organization.  (more…)