05/13/19 8:00am

JANE B. KENNEY PHOTO
The over 200-year-old stout-trunked white oak’s sprawling branches dwarfed its admirers.

Mashomack Preserve’s Big and Odd Tree Tour on March 30 offered nature lovers a rare chance to explore the interior areas of the Preserve by truck and hike.

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03/24/19 3:00pm

BILL ZITEK PHOTO
Hungry chicks with mouths agape wait for parents to return to the nest with food.

Throughout the winter, hikers at Mashomack Preserve have come back to the Visitor Center exclaiming, “Could I have seen a bluebird out in the fields?” 

The answer is yes! A few of New York’s state birds do stick around during the cold weather, eating fruits and berries instead of the normal insect diet of the warmer months.

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09/10/18 2:16pm
BEVERLEA WALZPHOTO BillY Baldwin, left with Jeremy Samuelson, director of Mashomack Preserve accepting gift of $15,000 from the proceeds from this year’s race.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO BillY Baldwin, left with Jeremy Samuelson,
director of Mashomack Preserve accepting gift of $15,000 from the
proceeds from this year’s race.

One hundred and four participants paddled competitively in the fifth annual Great Peconic Race on Saturday, September 8. The 19-mile course around Shelter Island started and ended at Wades Beach, with kayaks, paddleboards, surf skis, OC1-OC6, coastal rowers and prone boards all represented.

The race was launched at 8:30 a.m. after a prayer was sung by members of the Shinnecock Nation, asking Gitche Manitou, or Great Spirit, to bless the racers. (more…)

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02/12/18 8:00am
JULIE LANE PHOTO ‘We want control of our waters,’ Marcus Kaasik told the Town Board at a special February 7 meeting on seagrass management.

JULIE LANE PHOTO ‘We want control of our waters,’ Marcus Kaasik told the Town Board at a special February 7 meeting on seagrass management.

More than 30 baymen and anglers attended a February 7 Town Hall meeting to tell the town board to abandon working with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) on restoring sea grasses — also called eelgrass — to bay bottoms.

“I don’t want any part of this,” said Marcus Kaasik about the 20-page draft of a plan Councilman Jim Colligan developed with his colleagues and two town committees to map out a restoration strategy. (more…)