09/21/17 4:30pm
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Camryn Page, Taylor Tybaert, Dr. Bill Zitek and Elizabeth Cummings cleaning the beaches of Mashomack Preserve.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | Camryn Page, Taylor Tybaert, Dr. Bill Zitek and Elizabeth Cummings cleaning the beaches of Mashomack Preserve.

“Today, plastic has been found in 62% of all sea birds and in 100% of sea turtle species.”

These disturbing statistics come courtesy of the Ocean Conservancy and confirm what many of us may have already suspected.

We’re literally killing ourselves (and our fellow living beings) with garbage — much of it plastic, which we love as consumers because it is strong, durable and long-lasting, and hate as environmentalists for exactly the same reason. (more…)

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09/18/17 8:00am

Old, open book with a damaged cover.

50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY

The RMS Queen Mary arrived in Southampton, England on its last transatlantic crossing.

The Soviet Union, under pressure from North Vietnam to help with its struggle for national liberation, signed an agreement with Hanoi to send more aid.

American country singer Faith Hill was born in Ridgeland, Mississippi.

“The Flying Nun” starring Sally Field debuted on ABC.

Music aficionados in the United States were listening to “The Letter” by the The Box Tops.

And on Shelter Island . . .

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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…)