Outdoors

Russell Drumm
April 26, 2012 11:36 AM
    Alfonso Marino stopped casting into the Georgica Pond gut as the water flowed into the sea. He stopped casting flies and watched in awe as Mother Nature did her spring thing shortly after the pond was opened to the sea on April...
Larry Penny
April 18, 2012 10:51 AM
   We are in the midst of a drought and there is nothing worse for those early leavers and early bloomers who bet on a premature spring, but not on the dry weather. In 1986 during an extended dry period a wildfire caught hold of Hither...
Larry Penny
April 10, 2012 02:37 PM
   The last “Nature Notes” column talked about Montauk’s ancient hardwood forest, the Point Woods. In East Hampton Town there are two other forests dominated by broad-leaved deciduous trees that have hardly been cut...
Carrie Ann Salvi
April 10, 2012 02:23 PM
    Jean Dodds, secretary of the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, anxiously hoped the moon would cooperate as two dozen hikers gathered in the parking lot of the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton Friday for the...
Larry Penny
April 4, 2012 10:09 AM
   Some of you may remember when Camp Hero was still in possession of the federal government and when President Ronald Reagan tried to sell it to the highest bidder. The Concerned Citizens of Montauk showed up in force at the bidding...
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...