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Record Year For ‘Rust Tide’ Algae Scourge

The blooms of the algae first appeared in early August and have raged on most days since, through this week. Spurred on by heavy rains, which flush nutrients that feed the blooms, and a warm start to the autumn, the destructive algae now appears poised to persist in 2021 longer than they ever have before.

‘Truck Beach’ Legal Battle Ends After 12 Years, Town Rebuffed By Highest Court

New York State’s highest court has declined to allow East Hampton Town to appeal a ruling by a lower court that largely privatized a 4,000-foot stretch of ocean beach in Amagansett long known commonly as “Truck Beach.”

Pine Beetle Resurgence, Voracious Bugs Are ‘Here To Stay’

The voracious southern pine beetles have surged again in the woods of East Hampton — and probably across the South Fork — and are likely “here to stay” in the estimation of one town land steward, who spoke at a Town Board work session on Tuesday.

Heavy Rain Will Close Beaches This Week, Check Where On New App

Long Islanders who want to easily track where it is safe to swim or gather shellfish over the Labor Day weekend can tap into a new mobile phone app developed by marine scientists at Stony Brook University that carries up to the minute information about water quality across Long Island, closures of beaches or shellfishing areas and other water quality concerns.

Henri Spares South Fork, Brings Rain, Waves and a Practice of Preparedness

The predictions were daunting — seven to 10 days without power; hurricane-force winds; 2 to 4 feet of storm surge — and the East End prepared. But for most people on Sunday, Hurricane Henri’s fury manifested as just another rainy day in August. 

Southern Shark Populations Appearing In Local Waters Could Be Sign Of Climate Change

Which is exactly what Chris Paparo and his team of shark researchers at the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center’s Shark Research Team are doing — studying shark activity and shark populations on the East End by catching and tagging a variety of shark species.

Another Bay Scallop Die-Off In Bays Looms, But Giant New Generation Leaves Room For...

Researchers from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program in Southold have been conducting monthly underwater examinations of the scallop stocks in seven locations around the Peconic Estuary — from Flanders Bay to Napeague Harbor — to track the health of the stock in the wake of the massive die-offs in 2019 and 2020.

Bridgehampton Homeowner Says Developer Of Neighboring Property Clear Cut His Border

Mr. Schnurman said about 4,100 square feet of vegetation that included about 30 trees as well as vines, brambles, and other ground coverage was removed.

East Hampton’s Wildlife Will Lose Good Friend When Dell Cullum Leaves Town

Mr. Cullum and his wife, Dee, are moving at the end of August to a house they recently purchased on a big lake in central Massachusetts.

Groups Look To Protect Sea Turtles Using Sculpture

The group is looking for waterfront towns and villages on Long Island to sponsor sea turtle sculptures and place them prominently in public spaces. In Southampton, a plain fiberglass turtle sculpture would then be decorated by the local community — artists or school children — and used to raise awareness, Mr. DeLuca explained.

Making An Environmentally Friendly Idea, More Environmentally Friendly

Using a mix of lightweight and durable woods with stainless fasteners, the “Bay Box” oyster boxes developed and manufactured by Michael and Sundy Schermeyer, eliminate the need for flotation and plastic zip ties and, they say, do not become fouled with seaweed inside them the way the plastic bags do.

Three East End Sites On Preservation Long Island’s List Of Endangered Historic Places

The group has listed the Pyrrhus Concer homesite in Southampton, the Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest and Ninevah neighborhoods in Sag Harbor, and the home and studio of the artists James Brook and Charlotte Parks in Springs as being vulnerable. Ironically, all three are the subject of ongoing preservation efforts.
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27Speaks: The Declining Population Of The Prehistoric Horseshoe Crab

In this week’s edition of 27Speaks, the editors are joined by Photo Editor Dana Shaw and reporter Kitty Merrill for a discussion about the declining population of horseshoe crabs and efforts to save the prehistoric creatures.

Would Wetland Be The Solution At Havens Beach In Sag Harbor?

A group of about a dozen curious village residents gathered at Havens Beach on Saturday morning to stroll around the upland portion of the park, where a drainage ditch, stagnant in dry weather, fast-flowing during heavy rains, is sealed off from the rest of the park by a black chain-link fence.

Horseshoe Crabs: The Real Blue Bloods Of The Hamptons, Vulnerable To Extinction

Horseshoe Crabs: The Real Blue Bloods Of The Hamptons, Vulnerable To Extinction

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27Speaks: Looking Up; Birding On The East End In The Wake Of Climate Change

This week, the panel is joined by veteran journalist and former Sag Harbor Express Publisher Bryan Boyhan for a discussion abut an article he wrote about birding on the East End in the wake of changes caused by climate change.

A Shift in Winter Bird Populations Seen as Climate and Habitat Change

From a distance of several hundred yards, all you can clearly see, even with binoculars, is the flush of white from the breast and a speck of black. Then the bird cocks its head down, breaking the surface of the water, tips forward and disappears.

John Jermain Librarian Wins Diversity Internship

Nancy Myers, 33, met Catherine Creedon, the former director of the John Jermain Memorial Library, when she was a patron and the library was in its temporary quarters on West Water Street during a major renovation.