JIM COLLIGAN PHOTO Piping plovers on Shell Beach
On Shelter Island, we don’t have to wait for truly warm weather or notice the yellow signal flares of forsythia to tell us winter is a memory. We’ve witnessed spring on the wing with the arrival of the magnificent fish hawks, the ospreys, returning from their Florida and Caribbean winter quarters.
A smaller winged harbinger has come home, too. Piping plovers have been spotted with their melodious penny whistle voices and mad dashes across beaches foraging for food, or skimming low across the water, shifting in formation.
Emily Dickinson was right: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul …” It’s not some abstract concept, or a metaphor, but true when we see robins strutting across lawns before stopping, chests out, solemnly posing for us. (more…)
JIM COLLIGAN PHOTOS One of two platforms atop locust tree trunks fashioned by Highway Department employees as osprey nesting places set up at Shell Beach last week.
Highway Department employees have created a special homecoming for some part-time Islanders.
Two platforms on tall poles were set up last week so ospreys will have new accommodations for 2017. (more…)
BEN SMITH PHOTO
We all know how long it takes to drive across Shelter Island from north to south on Route 114. Some of us know there are 21.5 miles of trails meandering in and around Mashomack Preserve.
But have you ever wondered how big Shelter Island really is?
Glenn Waddington certainly did, and it’s a question that he puzzled over for quite some time. (more…)
SARAH SHEPHERD PHOTO Earth medicine in the author’s garden. Harvest of bee balm, butterfly weed, black-eyed Susan, basil and lavender.
Being in my garden is ritual. Witnessing the daily changes and needs that it has reminds me of the relationship that we are in. Planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting are all done with rhythmic intentions that make me proud to be an herbalist and gardener. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO
One osprey nest fell but remained intact during an August 1965 storm, while another nest was blown apart by the high wants and rain.
50 YEARS AGO IN HISTORY
President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed a law to penalize burning of draft cards that could carry up to a five-year jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.
The Beatles visited Elvis Presley at his Bel-Air home, although, at the band’s request, there were no pictures taken or recordings made. (more…)