03/24/19 3:00pm

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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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04/06/15 10:00am
BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO | CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC | A look at government's actions to ensure clean water for the East End.

BEVERLEA WALZ PHOTO |
CHARLES TUMINO GRAPHIC | A look at government’s actions to ensure clean water for the East End.

 Several million dollars in the state’s newly passed $142 budget has been allocated to fund water quality initiatives across New York State, including two projects on Long Island.

Here is a breakdown of water quality initiatives supported in the 2015-16 state spending plan:

NITROGEN MITIGATION

What’s going on?

The state budget includes $5 million in funding to create The Long Island Nitrogen and Mitigation Plan, a comprehensive strategy for mitigating nitrogen pollution in Suffolk and Nassau county waterways.

Why is it needed? (more…)

04/01/15 8:00am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Nurse Mary Kanarvogel explains the importance of immunizations to protect children and their classmates.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Nurse Mary Kanarvogel explains the importance of immunizations to protect children and their classmates.

“To me, it’s not even a question.”

That’s Shelter Island School Nurse Mary Kanarvogel on the controversy about immunizing children prior to their enrolling in school. (more…)

01/30/15 12:00pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A fierce blizzard was handled by the superb work of the Shelter Island Highway Department.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO | A fierce blizzard was handled by the superb work of the Shelter Island Highway Department.

All Islanders should give a heartfelt thank you to the Highway Department crews under the leadership of Superintendent Jay Card Jr. who worked tirelessly to keep roads open for emergencies and ready for businesses Wednesday morning. (more…)