07/22/17 11:00am
COURTESY PHOTO | New York City residents Hildeberto Sierra, Manny Ramirez, Andy Llerena, and Aaron Ross are spending the summer at Mashomack Preserve as part of The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program. The LEAF model supplements environmental education in the classroom with real-world experiences for youth from urban communities, and increases student awareness of higher education and career paths in conservation.

COURTESY PHOTO | New York City residents Hildeberto Sierra, Manny Ramirez, Andy Llerena, and Aaron Ross are spending the summer at Mashomack Preserve as part of The Nature Conservancy’s Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program. The LEAF model supplements environmental education in the classroom with real-world experiences for youth from urban communities, and increases student awareness of higher education and career paths in conservation.

Three high school students from The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC)Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program are working at Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island this summer.

The interns are three of about 150 students from across the country, many of whom have never spent extended time out in nature — let alone one-on-one with worms and toads — who are participating in a paid conservation internship program at TNC properties from July 5 through August 1. (more…)

05/18/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The Laspias stop to check out an information board located along the new trail.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | The Laspias stop to check out an information board located along the new trail.

Saturday, May 13 was forecast to be a nor’easter, but although the leaden skies promised rain at any moment, the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Laspia Family Trail at Mashomack Preserve was dry, except perhaps for a moist eye or two.

Mike and Susan Laspia retired from their duties as Mashomack Preserve’s director and operations manager, respectively, in the fall of 2016, capping a remarkable career with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) that spanned four decades.  (more…)

04/21/17 8:00am
RICK KEDENBURG PHOTO | An eagle and flight pursued by smaller birds.

RICK KEDENBURG PHOTO | An eagle in flight pursued by smaller birds.

After nearly a century of absence, bald eagles are once again nesting on Long Island. On Friday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. the North Fork Audubon Society will offer a presentation about Bald Eagles on Long Island. The talk will take place at Peconic Lane Community Center, 1170 Peconic Lane, Peconic.

Mike Scheibel will cover various aspects of natural history, the former abundance of bald eagles in New York, and how our national symbol was restored to grandeur.  (more…)

03/01/17 4:30pm
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jennifr Diblasi and Peter Purpura of Levittown enjoyed their trek to Mashomack Point.

CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO | Jennifer Diblasi and Peter Purpura of Levittown who enjoyed their unseasonably warm weather trek to Mashomack Point on February 25.

A group of 20 intrepid hikers hopped in the back of Mashomack’s trucks on Saturday, February 25 for a ride to Mashomack Point, aka the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge. In 1980, Ms. Ordway donated $3 million toward The Nature Conservancy’s purchase of Mashomack. (more…)

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02/28/17 2:00pm
Dennis L. Coyle

Dennis L. Coyle

Dennis L. Coyle
Dennis L. Coyle, 80, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017. He and his wife, Else, own a home on Shelter Island with a beautiful hedge that resembles the waves of the ocean.

Dennis was known by many locals as “the fisherman in the white Ford Mustang convertible.” He could be seen driving his convertible to his favorite fishing spots at Menhaden Lane and Kissing Rock with a fishing pole sticking out from the back seat. Dennis always had his 5-gallon bucket ready to be filled with a striper, fluke or cocktail blue fish. (more…)