Outdoors

Larry Penny
July 13, 2017 10:51 AM
Of all of the many thousands of vertebrate species, fish being the most numerous, which one is the most famous for preying on its own?
Taylor K. Vecsey
July 10, 2017 10:40 AM
Paddling is one of the most popular ways to get out on the water these days. The East End Marine Task Force unit, along with the Coast Guard, has launched an educational and enforcement initiative this summer to keep kayakers, canoers, and...
Jon M. Diat
July 6, 2017 04:54 PM
There was a lot of noise going on. While there were plenty of boisterous and colorful fireworks blasting off into the night sky during the extended July 4 holiday weekend, the local fishing scene also witnessed its own cacophony of activity on several fronts, as angler participation leaped into full summer mode. Some much-appreciated warm and...
Larry Penny
July 6, 2017 12:13 PM
Try to look beyond the madding crowd. There’s a lot going on in the world of nature, all of it free of charge. North America’s tiniest hummingbird, the calliope from the Pacific Northwest, has come to nectar alongside a ruby-throated male at Joanne Dittmar’s house in Springs on the bay just west of Hog Creek. Sibley defines it as an “accidental.”...
Jon M. Diat
June 29, 2017 10:21 AM
As the season changes from spring to summer, it’s always been a bit hard for me to fathom that our exposure to natural daylight is already on the downhill. A sunrise of 5:15 a.m. on June 21 in Montauk is 5:18 a.m. a week later. It’s only a three-minute difference, but the daylight does begin to erode rather quickly.
Larry Penny
June 29, 2017 09:54 AM
There’s an old saw that says “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” It doesn’t actually have to do with removing the pelts from cats, thank God, but more with alternative ways of getting something done that needs to be done. In humankind as in nature, just about every method to get a given thing done has been tried. Some methods fail outright...
Jon M. Diat
June 22, 2017 12:46 PM
More time on the water does not necessarily equate to more fish caught. And that’s just fine. Whether or not I bring home a fish for dinner is not the point. Just being on the water is what truly matters.
Larry Penny
June 22, 2017 12:23 PM
The blue-green organisms that cause the slicks on the local coastal ponds like Lake Agawam, Mill Pond, and Georgica Pond, to name a few of the worst blighted, are among the oldest organisms known to man.
Jon M. Diat
June 15, 2017 03:04 PM
My memory of watching the movie “Jaws” for the first time shortly after its release in June of 1975 still stands clear in my mind. Its effect on me, and others at the time, was profound. Since that day, I’ve lost count of how many dozens of times I have seen it on TV, and yet I still get the chills watching several of its scenes.
Larry Penny
June 15, 2017 01:49 PM
The South Fork of Long Island has hundreds of beaches, woodland trails, sidewalks, and other stretches for walking and communing with nature.
Larry Penny
June 8, 2017 11:05 AM
On the South Fork it would seem that the stars get dimmer and dimmer with each passing year.
Jon M. Diat
June 8, 2017 10:30 AM
Scallops that were too small for harvesting last season are getting ready to spawn in our local waters.
Jon M. Diat
June 1, 2017 10:35 AM
Despite a mixed bag of weather, the Memorial Day weekend saw a much greater influx of angler participation.
Larry Penny
June 1, 2017 10:14 AM
I went out looking for signs of gypsy moth infestations on Sunday, exploring the oak-hickory and oak-pine forests along the major Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Wainscott, and Northwest Woods roads.