02/08/18 10:00am
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EVENTS

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Parent/Teacher conference supervised play, students will be picked up by Recreation Department aide at school and brought to Youth Center. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. $10 per child. Bring a bagged lunch. Space is limited. Register at (631) 749-0309.

Half day movie: viewer’s choice, school’s out early, children invited to enjoy snacks and a film. 11:30 a.m., library. (631) 749-0042. (more…)

02/01/18 10:00am
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EVENTS

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Book in the Woods, “Sugarbush Spring” by Marsha Wilson Chall. Take half-mile walk and read a story as you go. Through February. Mashomack Preserve.

Spoon collection, of Anne DeStefano on view in the display case at Shelter Island Library through February. (631) 749-0042.  (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…)

10/12/17 10:00am
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EVENTS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

Book in the woods, through October read pages of “Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn” on half-mile Mashomack Preserve trail. Adult must accompany children. Call for details (631) 749-4219.

Voter registration, for library budget vote. 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Library, upper level. (more…)

03/10/17 4:16pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Eagle have been spotted in Mashomack.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO This bald eagle was spotted in Mashomack.

In the quietest moment of every Shelter Island winter, Mashomack Preserve allows about 20 people to explore the windswept beach, old farm fields and briar-choked forest of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge. This year, I got to go along, as happy as if I’d scored tickets to “Hamilton.” The music — mainly birdsong — was just as good. (more…)