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Scallop Disaster Declared, But Some Hope for 2022

Ask any bayman, and all would agree that the bay scallop fishery in the Peconic Bay estuary system in the past two years was a total calamity. As such, it was no surprise to learn that the United States Department of Commerce recently declared the events of 2019-20 a fishery disaster. 

Jul 22, 2021
On the Water: From Head to Tail

Rarely a week goes by when I don't receive a question from friends or readers about what to look for when buying fish. It's really a rather basic question to answer. Read on . . .

Jul 1, 2021
On the Water: After the Storm

The three-day Memorial Day weekend northeaster that brought about rough seas and winds up to 40 miles per hour was nasty on many fronts. 

Jun 10, 2021
On Call: It's Time to Talk Ticks

It is that time of year again here on the East End of Long Island, when the phones in doctors' offices start to ring seemingly constantly with patients calling with questions about tick bites.

May 20, 2021
In Montauk, New Floating Wetlands Gobble Harmful Nutrients

Concerned Citizens of Montauk, joined by almost 40 volunteers, installed approximately 3,000 square feet of floating wetlands in Fort Pond. As the plants mature, their roots will take in excess nitrogen and phosphorus as food to reduce the nutrient load in the water.

May 19, 2021
Take a Robust Hike or a Leisurely Walk

Those who enjoy nature can take advantage of several upcoming adventures, from full-on hikes to shoreline walks.

May 14, 2021
Love Hiking? Here Are Some Upcoming Treks

Hiking enthusiasts on the East End — or day-tripping trekkers from just about anywhere else — will no doubt appreciate these upcoming local hikes.

May 7, 2021
Plan Your Outdoor Agenda With These Upcoming Hikes

It's that time of year when the trees, plants, and flowers start blooming into color, with warmer temperatures that make shoreline walks increasingly more pleasant. Looking ahead to May 8, here are some hikes and walks in which to enjoy the outdoors.

At 9 a.m., the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt has a three-mile hike planned at Little Long Pond from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dai Dayton will lead the hike, which will start at the Friends' Greenbelt Nature Center at 1061 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike in Bridgehampton. She can be contacted at 631-745-0689.

Apr 30, 2021
On the Water: Things to Know as Season Begins

Before the fishing scene gets into full swing over the next few weeks, there are a few things that bear reminding for those who ply our waters with a rod and reel and more.

Apr 29, 2021
On the Water: Overboard on the Weather

There is an old fishing proverb: "Wind from the west, fish bite the best. Wind from the east, fish bite least. Wind from the north, do not go forth. Wind from the south, blows bait in their mouth."

Apr 22, 2021
An Idea That's for the Birds, Literally

The idea behind the new 2/3 for the Birds campaign is simple: By planting two-thirds of one's property with native greenery and abstaining from the use of pesticides, homeowners can help local bird species make a comeback. Experts say it's a critical way to restore avian populations that have been dying off since the 1970s.

Apr 22, 2021
Walks on the 'Wild' Side: Guided Hikes and Outdoor Adventures

Hikes to see seals, traverse grasslands, and search out the chorus of spring peepers

Apr 16, 2021