04/22/18 8:00am
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

COURTESY ILLUSTRATION

Opposition to the Trump administration’s plan for oil drilling off Long Island has been enormous — and bipartisan. Whether the strong and broad-based opposition will make a difference, as a series of moratoria passed by Congress in recent decades blocking Atlantic oil drilling have done, remains to be seen. (more…)

04/21/18 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO All that’s left of an osprey nest, knocked down by a winter storm.

Last week, I saw an osprey flying in slow circles over the remains of an enormous nest that last summer held a brood of young.

The nest, perched on a thick branch of an aging oak tree, fell into Chase Creek during the third of the four winter storms and now it looks like a pile of kindling.

That fish hawk seemed angry and I can’t blame him.  How would you feel if you came back into town after a long vacation in a warm place to find that your home had fallen into the creek during a nor’easter?

The osprey wasn’t the only Shelter Island resident returning to find trouble while he was away. (more…)