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05/08/18 8:00am
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO  Mike Scheibel is retiring as chairman of the Deer & tick Committee and  as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mike Scheibel is retiring as chairman of the Deer & tick Committee and as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4.

Deer & Tick Committee members paid tribute to their leader, Mike Scheibel, who chaired his final meeting on May 2. He is among those who established the committee 13 years ago.

Mr. Scheibel is also retiring from his job as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve. (more…)

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04/09/18 2:00pm
JULIE LANE PHOTO Animal Control Officer Beau Payne, right, shared updated deer hunt statistics with members of the Deer & Tick Committee, including committee member Dr. Jim Bevilacqua at left.

JULIE LANE PHOTO
Animal Control Officer Beau Payne, right, shared updated deer hunt statistics with members of the Deer & Tick Committee, including committee member Dr. Jim Bevilacqua at left.

The Deer & Tick Committee has declared the pilot Nuisance Wildlife Control Officers (NWCO) program a success and it’s expected to be expanded in 2019.

The program uses specially licensed local hunters who are paid for their efforts based on the number of deer they butcher. (more…)

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03/09/18 8:00am
COURTESY TOWN OF SHELTER ISLAND A chart of results from the Deer & Tick survey released last October.

COURTESY TOWN OF SHELTER ISLAND A chart of results from the Deer & Tick survey released last October.

For the second month in a row, members of the Deer & Tick Committee tried to answer a question: Should Animal Control Officer Beau Payne spend part of his work hours hunting, especially during the February-March so-called “nuisance hunt” permit season? (more…)

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02/13/18 2:00pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mike Scheibel announced his retirement from as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Mike Scheibel announced his retirement  as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4.

Deer & Tick Committee Chairman Mike Scheibel will retire from his position as natural resources manager at Mashomack Preserve effective May 4, coinciding with his resignation from the committee.

Mr. Scheibel made the announcement, which has been rumored for some time, at the end of the February 7 committee meeting, telling members he regrets not being able to see the process of conquering the Island’s tick problem resolved, although he’s pleased with progress made to date. (more…)

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01/09/18 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Tom Damiani, Mashomack’s visitor center coordinator on December 30, when he counted birds as the sun set, and several inches of snow came down.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Tom Damiani, Mashomack’s visitor center coordinator, on December 30, when he counted birds as the sun set, and several inches of snow came down.

In 1904, Roy Latham, a farmer and amateur naturalist, counted the birds he could see on his property in Orient from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on a 16-degree day with heavy snow in a strong Northeast wind.

It was the first Orient Christmas Bird Count. On December 30, in weather only slightly less daunting than what Latham endured, the Orient bird count took place again, as it has every year, an annual holiday tradition older than Santa Claus but requiring a similar outfit. (more…)