CHARITY ROBEY PHOTO A bluebird nest with three eggs.
Twice this spring I’ve sprayed myself with Deep Woods Off, tucked my pants into my socks and with fellow volunteers climbed into the cab of a pickup that smelled like wildlife and looked like the Recycling Center’s paper bin, to check on the Island’s bluebird population. (more…)
REPORTER FILE PHOTO
Hiking in Mashomack.
Got some time on your hands? Interested in meeting new people whom you will find you have a lot in common? Or maybe you’re a recently retired couple who moved full-time to Shelter Island and find adjusting to 24-7 togetherness needs some interaction with other people and activities. (more…)
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…)
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…)
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…)