REPORTER FILE PHOTO This bald eagle was spotted in Mashomack.
In the quietest moment of every Shelter Island winter, Mashomack Preserve allows about 20 people to explore the windswept beach, old farm fields and briar-choked forest of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge. This year, I got to go along, as happy as if I’d scored tickets to “Hamilton.” The music — mainly birdsong — was just as good. (more…)
DON BINDLER PHOTO | A bluebird returns to Mashomack Preserve — a guest of the Nestbox Project.
By BILL ZITEK
We read every day that due to many threats — habitat loss, invasive plants and animals, toxic waste, pollution of water sources — the world is losing many species of plants and animals. We have ourselves, in some instances, contributed to these losses, but there are also many instances where by sheer effort, will and determination, we have also helped species return to viable numbers. (more…)
BARBARA ELLEN KOCH PHOTO
“We need to look with an overall perspective of how toxic chemicals affect everything — not just one nuisance,” Suffolk Legislator Sarah Anker (D-Mt. Sinai) said.
Ms. Anker has been a minority voice on the Suffolk County Legislature regarding an especially toxic chemical called methoprene that the Suffolk Division of Vector Control has been using widely and enthusiastically to kill mosquitoes. States, including neighboring Connecticut, and municipalities all over the United States have banned the use of methoprene. (more…)
2015 marked the 45th year of the Suffolk County Legislature’s existence, which continued its tradition of passing pioneering laws.
Through the years the Legislature has regularly approved what were first-in-the-state and even first-in-the-nation measures. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Mike Scheibel has 800 birds on his life list, and binoculars handy at all times.
When Mike Scheibel, Natural Resources Manager at the Mashomack Preserve, speaks of the destruction of a sliver of barrier island beach in Bellport Bay, a place of profound emotional significance to him, he takes the long view.
“It’s the best thing that ever happened,” he said. “It will eventually fill in on its own. It may take years. I’m all in favor of letting that natural process continue.” (more…)