Sunday, Oct. 14, 9:30-11 a.m.: Autumn birds for beginners at Hallock State Park Preserve, 6062 Sound Ave., Riverhead. Join Group for the East End for a walk around the preserve to look and listen for migrating birds. Please bring binoculars. Families welcome. Information/reservations: Steve Biasetti, 631-765-6450, ext. 205, email@example.com.
Chris Paparo with his red-tailed hawk, Emmy, on a farm in Baiting Hollow. Mr. Paparo, a licensed falconer, has trained the bird to catch prey and come to him on demand, an activity that dates back thousands of years. Emmy has caught more than two dozen animals so far this falconing season. (Credit: Paul Squire)
High over the wooded hills just north of Lewin Farm in Baiting Hollow, Emmy the red-tailed hawk sits in her tree, watching me intently. Somehow, I sense her disapproval as the thick underbrush snags on my jeans and jacket. I fumble my way out of the thorns. (more…)