04/26/18 8:00am
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach

JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach

On Shelter Island, we don’t have to wait for truly warm weather or notice the yellow signal flares of forsythia to tell us winter is a memory. We’ve witnessed spring on the wing with the arrival of the magnificent fish hawks, the ospreys, returning from their Florida and Caribbean winter quarters.

A smaller winged harbinger has come home, too. Piping plovers have been spotted with their melodious penny whistle voices and mad dashes across beaches foraging for food, or skimming low across the water, shifting in formation.
Emily Dickinson was right: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul …” It’s not some abstract concept, or a metaphor, but true when we see robins strutting across lawns before stopping, chests out, solemnly posing for us. (more…)

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01/13/17 4:30pm
BEN SMITH PHOTO

BEN SMITH PHOTO

We all know how long it takes to drive across Shelter Island from north to south on Route 114. Some of us know there are 21.5 miles of trails meandering in and around Mashomack Preserve.

But have you ever wondered how big Shelter Island really is?

Glenn Waddington certainly did, and it’s a question that he puzzled over for quite some time. (more…)