JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO| Turkeys on a Midway Road lawn on Tuesday morning. The population of the birds is on the rise.
If you think you’re seeing more wild turkeys strutting around the Island, your eyes aren’t playing tricks. Reports from Sylvester Manor, the Mashomack Preserve and eyewitness accounts from the Reporter’s parking lot concur that the birds’ numbers are on the rise. (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…)
SHARON GIBBS PHOTO | Preparing with Mashomack Preserve’s environmental educator Cindy Belt for their participation in the ‘Day in the Life of the Peconic Estuary’ are Shelter Island students (from left) Theo Olinkiewicz, Bradley Batten and Tyler Gulluscio.
On Friday, 20 young Shelter Island “citizen scientists” will be deployed at North Ferry and Bass Creek at Mashomack Preserve taking samples that in time will reveal important information about water quality. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO Councilman Paul Shepherd told his Town Board colleagues this week that there’s a need to tackle road repaving with town money and not just depend on grants.
The magic number is now 4.4 percent. That’s the tax increase Town Board members are looking at as of their last budget meeting Wednesday morning, with decisions yet to be made on some big ticket items. (more…)
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To the Editor:
Last week the town supervisor submitted his tentative 2016 budget, boldly announcing a 2.9 percent increase in taxes. It should be noted that this increase starts the town budgeting process 2.17 percent over the .73 percent mandated New York State inflation cap. (more…)