COURTESY PHOTO Mashomack Preserve.
Getting kids involved with nature
To the Editor:
There is no better way to preserve the natural world than to teach a child to love and protect it.
That idea was the impetus for Mashomack Preserve to begin our Environmental Education Program in 1989. (more…)
DON BINDLER PHOTO The kits are alright. These curious young foxes were taking the spring air outside their den one morning this week.
Red foxes are making a comeback on the Island.
Although it was never entirely depleted, the Island’s fox population was drastically low for many years, with sightings of them few and far between. But now, the vibrant red canine appears to be thriving once again. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Hiking in Mashomack.
Got some time on your hands? Interested in meeting new people whom you will find you have a lot in common? Or maybe you’re a recently retired couple who moved full-time to Shelter Island and find adjusting to 24-7 togetherness needs some interaction with other people and activities. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne on the hunt recently, getting into position an hour before sundown, a time when deer are most active.
On a frigid afternoon in January, harnessed to a tree stand 14 feet above a thick nest of bittersweet, and well into my second hour of deer-hunting, the parts of me in contact with the steel seat were very cold.
I was armed with nothing more lethal than a camera, but the hunter in the tree stand a few feet away had arrows, and he knew how to use them. (more…)
Donald B. Bender
Donald B. Bender, a regular summer visitor to Shelter Island for more than six decades, passed away on December 11 after a brief illness. He was 95. (more…)