Outdoors

There were bobwhites around throughout my youth on the North Fork, but today, on the South Fork too, you almost never hear their telltale call.
I have never had so many reports of grosbeaks in town in the 37 years or so I have been writing my column for The Star.
Porgy, also known as scup or sea bream, sometimes gets a bum rap. Most prominent are the complaints that it’s a bony fish to eat, but that’s just hogwash.
Accabonac Harbor in Springs and Northwest Creek in East Hampton will receive a new degree of scrutiny after an expansion of a water testing program run by Concerned Citizens of Montauk.
Ah, memories. Growing up out here as a kid, one of my favorite fish to catch was winter flounder. Not only were they plentiful in the spring but there was a fall run of the flatfish that was just as good.
Fish crows arrived three weeks ago and have already taken over the South Fork population centers. What was an extreme rarity 35 years ago has now become a rite of spring in the Hamptons.
As I climbed aboard my Nova Scotia-built boat to take the hourlong ride to my lobster traps, my anticipation of a good catch, and an even better dinner that same night, loomed large in my head.
Spring is springing. Sunday night’s/Monday morning’s rain refreshed the freshwater wetlands, the spring peeper tree frogs are having a blast, almost all of the summer ospreys are back working on their nests, even laying eggs, while bald-faced eagles...
A few weeks ago, the calendar made the formal change noting the official end of the winter season. While a distinct chill remains in the air at times, spring is really here.
Victoria Bustamante and her college-age son Chris visited one of the Atlantic white cedar swamps on Friday. There are four in North Sea, three on the north side of Little Fresh Pond and one on the south side. Conifers that do well with roots in...
When I was a boy growing up in Mattituck across the bay, there were no Little League baseball teams or summer camps to occupy our time and keep us from getting into trouble.
Birds continue to return north. Jane Bimson sent me a nice shot of an osprey perched in a tree at the edge of Fort Pond. Karen Rubinstein, who has overseen the Montauk Christmas Count for the past two years, and lives with her sister on Accabonac...
The alewife, a herring species and one of the only fish named after a woman, will be back, but not nearly so widespread on the South Fork as the osprey or the spring peeper.
If you looked at The New York Times on Monday, you may have come across an article about saltwater crocodiles in the Philippine Islands and how they attack humans every so often and recently killed a fisherman.
The major question having to do with climate change before the East Hampton Town Board today is how do we save Montauk from global warming.
The multi-tiered bureaucracy, from the Environmental Protection Agency on down to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the County Health Department, and local-level agencies, has relaxed its guard.
The dredge spoil deposited on Havens Beach in Sag Harbor in the spring of 2018 was full of a bunch of curiosities including pieces of concrete, crockery, rusted hunks of metal, and other junk.
As videotaped footage began playing of Greg Metzger battling a juvenile great white shark he had just hooked near Jones Beach using just the fishing rod and reel he was gripping, it was easy to momentarily forget the scientific nature of the project...
Brrrr. We knew that the mild weather wouldn’t last. So here we are shivering our timbers and wondering what comes next. Then, however, March is only a month away. Let’s hope it’s a pleasant one.