03/20/15 12:00pm

 

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Both male and female bluebirds on a marked nestbox. The labeled boxes allow the birds to be easily monitored.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO | Both male and female bluebirds on a marked nestbox. The labeled boxes allow the birds to be easily monitored.

As another nesting season for eastern bluebirds approaches at Mashomack Preserve, it was a real treat to see Beverlea Walz’s wonderful photo of bluebirds bathing and drinking at her heated watering hole in the midst of this stormy winter (“Bev’s bluebirds of happiness,” January 29). Besides providing inspiring testimony to the many folks who feed and supply water for birds in the winter, this photo has another story to tell. (more…)

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03/13/15 8:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Deer cull numbers rise as the Deer & Tick Committee speculates on why.

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO
Deer cull numbers rise as the town’s Deer & Tick Committee members speculate on the increase of kills.

With only days remaining in the 2014-15 hunting season, Shelter Island has experienced a marked increase in the number of deer taken — 346 compared with 250 last year. (more…)

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03/10/15 2:00pm

 

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A deer feeding at a 4-poster stand, brushing against a post treated with a chemical, permethrin, that kills ticks.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A deer feeding at a 4-poster stand, brushing against a post treated with a chemical, permethrin, that kills ticks.

There may still be snow on the ground, but the Deer & Tick Committee Wednesday morning will turn its attention to the deployment of the still controversial 4-poster units around the Island. (more…)

03/06/15 8:00am

 

MIKE BOTTINI PHOTO A remote camera catches a river otter near a pond at Mashomack Preserve.

MIKE BOTTINI PHOTO
A remote camera catches a river otter near a pond at Mashomack Preserve.

The snow this past month has allowed naturalists to document species and behavior that often occur unseen due to skittish creatures or nocturnal habits. The river otter is a good example.

Are there otters on Long Island? The last study that attempted to answer that question was conducted in the early 1960s and was part of a broader survey inventorying all of the species of mammals found on Long Island. It did not find any evidence of otters here. (more…)