Outdoors

Russell Drumm
August 29, 2012 09:11 AM
   This can be an eerie time of year. Despite the 80-degree ocean temperature, or maybe because of it, we feel fall just under the horizon. One contributor to the pre-fall feeling is the false albacore, or little tunny. Each year schools...
Jack Graves
August 22, 2012 10:10 AM
   John Ryan Sr. had, when the summer began, wanted very much for the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad to come to a meeting of the minds with the resorts along the Napeague strip, which are not required by the Suffolk County...
Larry Penny
August 22, 2012 09:45 AM
   People have been asking, “Where have the birds gone?” There are very few birds in my own backyard here in Noyac, An occasional blue jay, robin, Carolina wren, but no steady comers with the exception of crows, which visit...
Russell Drumm
August 22, 2012 09:36 AM
   Technically, we’re past the dog days of summer (based on the “dog star” Sirius’s proximity to the sun), but since Saturday’s heavy rain the weather has felt doggish and dogfish have been caught from the...
August 22, 2012 09:31 AM
    A new species of glass frog recently discovered in southern Peru — the 7,000th known amphibian species — has been named after Andy Sabin of Springs, a herpetology enthusiast and president of the South Fork Natural...
Larry Penny
August 15, 2012 09:59 AM
   Something is happening. Our most common creepy-crawling amphibian, the red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus, is beginning to go missing.
Russell Drumm
August 15, 2012 09:27 AM
    If you’ve been in the ocean lately you know it’s hurricane warm, high 70s, a bit frightening for anyone who’s been around these parts for any length of time. It also means the Gulf Stream is making its presence...
Jack Graves
August 8, 2012 10:18 AM
   Scott Faulkner said aboard his lovingly restored 1939 Elco cabin cruiser at Three Mile Marina the other day that when he first came across the Mary Lloyd it was shrouded by canvas in Jim Bennett’s storage and maintenance yard...
Larry Penny
August 8, 2012 09:54 AM
   A month ago on a record hot Thursday, I attended a “poisonous plants” course conducted by Susan K. Pell, Ph.D., at the New York Botanical Garden. It was my first visit to that institution and one that turned out to be...
Russell Drumm
August 8, 2012 09:31 AM
    Thirty-three boats brought 13 mako sharks — the largest a 148-pounder — to the scales at the 20th annual mako shark tournament held from the Star Island Yacht Club over the weekend, but it’s the number of large...
Jack Graves
August 1, 2012 10:16 AM
   Two events at Fresh Pond in Amagansett — one on land, one on the water — coincided Sunday, and in terms of numbers the paddleboarders, who raced three and six-mile triangular courses in Gardiner’s Bay that morning,...
Larry Penny
August 1, 2012 10:10 AM
   As Roseanne Roseannadanna used to say, “What’s all this fuss about chickens?”     Having been born and raised next to my grandfather’s chicken farm in Mattituck, where he tended a flock of up to...
Russell Drumm
August 1, 2012 09:23 AM
    As we know, time and tide wait for no man, or woman for that matter. There’s really nothing that can be done to stem the first part of the old saw, but being aware of our semidiurnal tide schedule is crucial for sailors,...
Larry Penny
July 25, 2012 10:16 AM
   Native plants not only produce stuff that you can eat, but also attract insects, so if you convert a lawn into a natural habitat and include different native plant communities — we’ll call them micro communities —...