03/10/17 4:16pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Eagle have been spotted in Mashomack.

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…)

03/01/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jennifr Diblasi and Peter Purpura of Levittown enjoyed their trek to Mashomack Point.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jennifer Diblasi and Peter Purpura of Levittown who enjoyed their unseasonably warm weather trek to Mashomack Point on February 25.

A group of 20 intrepid hikers hopped in the back of Mashomack’s trucks on Saturday, February 25 for a ride to Mashomack Point, aka the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge. In 1980, Ms. Ordway donated $3 million toward The Nature Conservancy’s purchase of Mashomack. (more…)

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09/15/16 8:00am
BEVERLEA WAZLZ PHOTO Kayaks lining Wades Beach before the third annual Great Peconic Race Saturday.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO
Kayaks lining Wades Beach before the third annual Great Peconic Race Saturday.

Two years ago, when I turned 60, I decided I would kayak around Shelter Island as a personal challenge. With very little training, I set out one morning in a plastic sit-on-top 12-foot boat I’d bought for my wife. Seven hours later I finished and a bucket list item was checked off.

Later that summer I discovered after the running of the first Great Peconic Race (GPR) in 2014 that circumnavigating the Island in a kayak wasn’t exactly an original idea. When I saw the times posted by paddlers, I realized I had a lot of work to do. (more…)

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05/13/16 8:00am
PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/STOCK A deer and her fawns.

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES/STOCK A deer and her fawns.

“High-powered rifles will begin to bang on Shelter Island, New York, with the coming of the first light Monday, and the slim red deer, charming to city dwellers, detested by farmers and gardeners, will begin to fall.”

That was the lead sentence in a wire story carried around the country 100 years ago this week. The article went on to describe New York State’s response to complaints from farmers about crop damage caused by the Island’s 200 or so free-roaming deer, descendants of animals imported in the 1890s for private game hunting. (more…)