Monthly Archives: May 2016

A Sterling Roadtrip

As migration draws to a close, a naturalist’s focus turns to local breeders and summer visitors. Long Island supports a variety of different organisms living in a number of different habitats. I’m very familiar with the animals that call the region … Continue reading

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Scenes From Big John’s Pond

I had a clear, simple goal when I set out on Sunday morning: photograph the Barn Owls at Jamaica Bay. I’ve spent a fair few hours holed up in the photography blind across from their nest box at Big John’s … Continue reading

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Mourning Glory

We are fast approaching the end of spring migration. It always feels like the season moves much too quickly. There’s so much natural excitement crammed into a short time frame that it can be difficult to absorb it all. By this … Continue reading

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Commuter Birding

Birding is a constant, lifelong treasure hunt. When you become fully immersed in the pastime, the off-switch ceases to exist. As you learn various songs and field marks, you start to pick them out more readily. Common species become familiar friends, … Continue reading

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Migration Madness

May is a busy time of year. The end of the school year is approaching quickly, which impacts the moods of students and teachers alike. As a student and a teacher, I feel double the anticipation and tension. Excitement in the … Continue reading

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The Merry Month of May

After a lingering storm and consecutive days of poor conditions for migration, we finally got a pulse of favorable winds on Saturday night. This was the first bout of agreeable weather since the start of peak migration, which teased birders … Continue reading

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Tradition tells us that “April showers bring May flowers,” but so far the rains have lingered for a bit longer. Instead of pleasant, springy weather, the first week of May featured clouded skies and frequent precipitation. At this time of … Continue reading

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