For Canada geese molting keeps them flightless and close to water to avoid preadtors in June and July. (Credit: Fish Guy Photos)
Last summer, I was given the opportunity to volunteer with wildlife biologists from New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation on one of their Canada goose banding excursions along the North Fork. It was an extremely rewarding experience that I will not soon forget. (more…)
Trent Preszler with the canoe he built using his late father’s tools. (Credit: Paul Squire)
Trent Preszler remembers staring at a pile of his late father’s tools in the living room soon after his death in 2014.
Leon Preszler had been a South Dakota cattle rancher and professional rodeo athlete — the kind of man who made everything by hand, from the shoes his horses wore to the wooden fencing and barbed wire that rimmed the thousands of acres comprising the Preszler family ranch.
“You have to do things yourself, especially when you’re a rancher,” the younger Mr. Preszler explained. “Those were some of the values that were instilled in me at an early age.”
But Mr. Preszler, CEO of Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue, hadn’t been part of the rancher’s life for some time. (more…)