Outdoors

Russell Drumm
April 4, 2012 09:41 AM
   Are the striped bass here or not? The rumor mill is generating excitment and perhaps a few stretched truths.     Surfcasting rods are appearing on roof racks. People who would normally drive Montauk Highway when...
Larry Penny
March 28, 2012 09:43 AM
   What motivates us, what motivates nature? The DNA and the enzymes and hormones it provides the blueprints for are a driving force, of course, but then, too, there are the stimuli, of which there are many different kinds varying in...
Russell Drumm
March 28, 2012 09:20 AM
   Think of the cold air that blew into town this week as a crystal clear lens provided for viewing the night sky, especially on Monday in Montauk, where there is virtually no ground light to interfere.     The crescent...
Larry Penny
March 20, 2012 03:16 PM
   Just when you thought you had nature by the handle, here comes one of the most bizarre creatures yet, one you had no idea of and one that is found in less than a third of the field guides and other books dealing with insects and...
Russell Drumm
March 20, 2012 03:12 PM
    Spring, the vernal equinox, the season of rebirth, sprang in the early morning hours on Tuesday with its promise that all living things, including fish, will return for another go-round.     Every culture has...
Larry Penny
March 13, 2012 03:53 PM
   On Monday evening after a record high temperature for March 12 I went out at night to listen for spring peepers. Between 8:30 and 10, I visited 11 known peeper breeding sites and heard not a single peep. The sites were watery, but...
Russell Drumm
March 13, 2012 03:47 PM
   Where has all the smoked whiting gone? There was a time when it seemed smoked whiting was everywhere. Bars in Montauk put it out for snacks. Not putting out a smoked whiting appetizer at Christmastime was considered a grave social...
Jack Graves
March 7, 2012 01:15 PM
   Pete Spagnoli, a Sag Harbor physical therapist and adventure racer who often traverses in his wide-flung travels some forbidding terrain and has faced some of nature’s more daunting conditions, returned, as he had vowed, to...
Larry Penny
March 6, 2012 04:35 PM
   On Friday, for the second time in two weeks, I visited the largest of the three Atlantic white cedar swamps in the hamlet of North Sea with a fellow naturalist. Prior to those two visits, I hadn’t seen it since around 1983 when...
Russell Drumm
March 6, 2012 04:28 PM
    Montauk’s fishing community was saddened by the death of Bobby Huser on Monday. Most will picture him at the wheel of his classic Nova Scotia-style lobster boat, Teddy Boy. The Muskrat, as he was known, was a popular...
Larry Penny
February 29, 2012 10:15 AM
   The first column I wrote for The East Hampton Star was in March of 1981. It was about Alosa pseudogarengus, the alewife, of the now-threatened river herrings. As far as Long Island post-Columbian history is concerned, the alewife...
Russell Drumm
February 29, 2012 10:10 AM
   It’s just conjecture, but an early recreational fishing season seems possible given a number of signs, including the recent discovery by commercial draggers of a sizable number of porgies in 26 fathoms of water, relatively close...
Larry Penny
February 22, 2012 10:38 AM
   The weather was springlike on Friday and I had the good fortune of accompanying Howard Reisman and Vicki Bustamante to a Southampton Town preserve that I hadn’t visited since the spring of 1979. At that time the 50 acres or so...
Larry Penny
February 14, 2012 04:33 PM
   With the exception of a few below-freezing days and a dash of snow now and then, it’s been an especially mild winter and, if things don’t change, one that will surely go into the record books. Blame fossil fuel and wood...