Glacial erratic on Long Island. (Credit: Chris Paparo/Fish Guy Photos)
Walk any of the North Fork’s beaches and you will notice they vary greatly from those found on our neighboring South Fork. Instead of fine sands, we have many stones, cobbles and huge boulders. Why is there such a difference, especially when there is only a short distance between the two? (more…)
A painted turtle along the Peconic River in Riverhead. (Credit: Chris Paparo/Fish Guy Photos)
Designated as a Wild and Scenic River by the US Department of the Interior and a Scenic and Recreational River by the state of New York, the Peconic River is a natural gem located at the gateway to the North Fork. (more…)
Although it might not feel like it, winter is finally over. The days are getting longer and as I mentioned in last month’s column, our local waterways are coming alive. Phytoplankton populations have now reached densities that will support the next level of the food web, the zooplankton.
The word zooplankton is derived from Greek words zoon meaning animal and planktos meaning wanderer. As “wandering animals,” zooplankton are similar to phytoplankton as they are not capable of swimming great distances, rather they drift where the currents take them. But unlike phytoplankton, zooplankton cannot produce their own food and must receive nourishment by feeding on other organisms. (more…)
An osprey preys on alewife. (Credit: Chris Paparo/Fish Guy Photos)
It seems as if Old Man Winter cannot make up his mind this year. He started off strong, with several weeks of snow, temperatures well below freezing and wind chills for days in the single to negative digits. (more…)
As the snow and ice begin to melt, our local waters will awaken from their long winter sleep. An increase in the amount of daylight and an influx of nutrients from winter upwelling and snow/ice melt runoff are catalysts for phytoplankton blooms. (more…)
A juvenile bald eagle. (Credit: Chris Paparo/fishguyphotos)
One of the most recognizable and majestic birds of the North Fork is the bald eagle. This symbol of our great nation is a year-round resident, but its population soars during the winter months, especially after the deep freeze we have been experiencing lately. (more…)
In just a couple of weeks, many of us will be gathering with family and friends around the dining room table to indulge in the feast that is Thanksgiving. For many, the centerpiece of the celebration is a large, plump, juicy turkey. Unfortunately, other than a good recipe, few people know many details about the majestic bird that Benjamin Franklin had praised as being a more respectable bird than a bald eagle.
There are two species of turkey that can be found throughout the United States, Mexico and southern Canada. The first, simply named the wild turkey, is divided into five subspecies (Eastern, Merriam’s, Rio Grande, Osceola, and Gould’s), each varying slightly by plumage and separated by region. The second species, the Ocellated turkey, is found to live in a small range of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. (more…)