07/17/14 3:00pm
07/17/2014 3:00 PM
Paul Stoutenburgh once wrote in his 'Focus on Nature' column that standing beneath the Great Arches of Utah made him feel 'humble and proud of this great country of ours.'

Paul Stoutenburgh once wrote in his ‘Focus on Nature’ column that standing beneath the Great Arches of Utah made him feel ‘humble and proud of this great country of ours.’

For those who never visited the East End of Long Island half a century ago, imagine two arms of verdant rolling hills jutting into the Atlantic, embracing islands, inlets and marshes teeming with crabs, clams, fish and birds. At least that’s the East End local wildlife expert Paul Stoutenburgh described when he began writing his weekly newspaper column, “Focus on Nature,” for The Suffolk Times and Riverhead News-Review.  (more…)

06/28/14 10:00am
06/28/2014 10:00 AM
Those interested in learning more about saltwater fishing will get a chance this summer. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Those interested in learning more about saltwater fishing will get a chance this summer. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A free saltwater fishing clinic is coming to Riverhead this summer.

The clinic will be held at Ammermann Riverfront Park Aug. 18, a collaborative effort from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s I FISH NY program and the Riverhead Town Recreation Department.  (more…)

06/17/14 1:00pm
06/17/2014 1:00 PM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The view from Route 105 bridge at Indian Island golf course as the Peconic River leads into the Bay.

After last year’s inaugural ‘Discover Suffolk County Parks Day,’ county parks will once again be open to residents at a discounted rate one day this summer, as county leaders hope to advertise its natural amenities to those who might not otherwise take advantage of them.

The discount day will take place this upcoming Saturday, offering any Suffolk residents the rate of admission they would have if they had a green key, which cost $24 and are valid for three years.

“Discover Suffolk County Parks Day offers residents an opportunity to explore parks they have never seen before or revisit those familiar from their childhood,” said Bellone.  “With the vast array of ecosystems, beautiful scenery and recreational opportunities, there is something for everyone to enjoy.”

At lifeguard-supervised beach parks, green key cardholders pay $8 while non green key-cardholders pay $15; and at inland parks green key cardholders pay $6 while non-green key cardholders pay $13.

Last year’s event was held on a Thursday, which ended up being a rainy day as well.

Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk), chair of the parks and recreation committee, co-sponsored the measure to offer the discount along with Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Stony Brook).

The Suffolk County Parks Department operates 27 parks county-wide, covering over 46,000 acres.

Click here for a list of county parks.

06/09/14 5:00am
06/09/2014 5:00 AM
Courtesy photo

Courtesy photo

What a difference a week makes! Before May 1, if you looked at the 2014 summer flounder (“fluke”) regulations, you saw a minimum size limit of 19 inches, a four-fish bag limit, and a season that ran from May 1 through Sept. 29. If you looked at the situation after May 1, you were surprised to see the bag limit had been extended to five fish, the minimum size limit dropped an inch to 18 inches, and the season chopped at both ends, running from May 17 to Sept. 21. What happened?  (more…)

02/05/14 2:00pm
02/05/2014 2:00 PM
A 'fisherman' at Kenny's Beach in Southold last week.(Stanley Siejka courtesy photo)

A ‘fisherman’ at Kenny’s Beach in Southold last week.(Stanley Siejka courtesy photo)

New York anglers can now enjoy the same fluke size and bag limits as neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut, leveling the playing field when it comes to catching one of region’s most popular fish — summer flounder, commonly known as fluke. (more…)