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A Needham’s Skimmer is a rare type of drafgonfly that can be found on Plum Island in the wetlands area.
The existing natural habitat has been the factor most often cited in the fight against a sale of federally-owned Plum Island.
But the specific types of wildlife and plants that thrive on the island have never been fully documented. With that in mind, researchers from the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP) spent the last year recording all the living species on the island, where the existing federal animal disease research center is expected to close in the coming years. (more…)
JULIE LANE PHOTO | Shelter Island Animal Control Officer Beau Payne.
If Beau Payne’s telephone rang at 2 a.m. it’s unlikely he would respond to handle a situation unless circumstances were critical.
Mr. Payne, who was appointed Shelter Island’s Animal Control Officer by the Town Board in April, would more likely advise the caller to reach out to a private pest control service. (more…)
CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO Bill Banks at his desk. Bill retired last week after 21 years as Town Building Inspector.
Like the structures he has inspected and approved during more than 20 years as Shelter Island’s building inspector, Bill Banks stays put.
“I wasn’t exactly born on the kitchen table,” he said, referring to the handful of Islanders who were born here, “but I have been here for 57 years.” (more…)
AMBROSE CLANCY PHOTO | At the Town Board work session Tuesday, Tim Purtell, chairman of the Green Options Advisory Committee, proposed an informational campaign along with either selling or giving away reusable bags to reduce the use of plastic bags on the Island.
On April 22, Earth Day, plastic grocery bags will be banned on the South Fork, with both East Hampton and Southampton towns prohibiting them by law.
There is no movement here to get rid of plastic bags, which research has shown are ecologically hazardous, especially to coastal communities when the bags drift into waterways. (more…)
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Deer & Tick Committee member Jim Colligan told his colleagues last week he joined the group to solve a problem.
With the “nuisance” bow hunting season under way, the Deer & Tick Committee is seeking more people to participate between now and the end of the March. (more…)