An osprey flying in Southold. (Credit: John-Paul Stanisic)
How long does it take an osprey to journey 3,500 miles from South America to the northeast?
About three weeks.
Ospreys began returning to the North Fork in mid-March. Last year, North Fork Bob — a tagged osprey whose migration patterns have been tracked by ornithologist Rob Bierregaard since 2011 — left South America March 23 and arrived on the East End April 12. (more…)
Gary Joyce of Aquebogue (left) and Ed Densieski of Riverhead sort through a catch. (Credit: Carrie Miller, file)
There is a silver lining to the prolonged winter for local fishermen and seafood lovers: Bay scallop season has been extended an extra month to help area fishermen recoup losses contributed to the brutally cold weather.
The Millstone Power Station in Waterford, Conn. (Credit: Courtesy photo)
In a split vote Tuesday, county lawmakers approved an $80,000 study on the impacts that Connecticut’s Millstone Nuclear Power Plant has on water temperature of the Long Island Sound. (more…)
A mute swan mother with her cygnets in East Marion last year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)
A newly revised state Department of Environmental Conservation plan to deal with mute swan populations in the state would focus on non-lethal management of their numbers on Long Island, only calling for lethal methods as a “last resort.”
That’s still too often for some, including state Senator Ken LaValle. (more…)
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | Ducks on the Peconic River near Grangebel Park.
Locals were told last year not to feed the swans. In fact, last January the state put out a plan to kill or capture all mute swans by 2025 — a plan it later backtracked on.
A sandbar juts into Peconic Bay at the end of Pine Neck Road in Southold. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
The issue of antiquated or failing septic systems compromising the quality of the East End’s ground and surface waters is once again taking center stage as the region presses for help from Albany to deal with polluted waters. (more…)
Experts say native plants like these New England asters are preferred for rain gardens. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)
A unique program that allowed for a small number of homeowners in Southold and Southampton towns to earn a rebate of up to $500 for installing rain gardens, rain barrels or other forms of “conservation landscaping” on their properties has been expanded to include a portion of Riverhead and other areas. (more…)
Landscapers and do-it-yourself homeowners interested in learning how to go green organically will have an opportunity to do just that during an upcoming informational seminar spearheaded by the Perfect Earth Project.
One of the newest environmental advocacy groups on the East End, it has teamed up with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County and the Peconic Land Trust to offer an all-day seminar on Feb. 13. (more…)