05/05/18 5:00am
05/05/2018 5:00 AM

In the early morning of April 16, Mike Bottini received a call about a dead animal in the turning lane on Route 58 in Riverhead, between Pulaski Street and Osborn Avenue.

That animal turned out to be a river otter, a species once thought not to inhabit Long Island at all but which has been seen in the area increasingly in recent years.  The dead animal in the road was as good an indication as any that the otters have indeed moved out to the North Fork. READ

05/04/18 8:25am
05/04/2018 8:25 AM

The southern pine beetle has ripped across Long Island and is now a major threat to the Pine Barrens.

The Suffolk County Parks Department received three grants totaling $225,000 to tackle the problem in January 2017, but the threat continues to spread, officials said during a press conference at Hubbard County Park in Flanders. More than 20,000 trees have died as a result of the beetle across the county, officials said. READ