The snowy owl is still around.


Snowy owl on dune at Wainscott Pond.
The snowy owl blends in well with the dune environment.


The same snowy owl perched on structure near Wainscott Pond.

Spent some time with this juvenile snowy owl who was still hanging around at Wainscott Pond last Monday.

Spring Events!

Build Your Own Paddle Workshop:  April & May  (Dates and Times To be Arranged with Instructor)
I’ve arranged for master craftsman Barry Walz to teach this at his Springs Fireplace Road workshop. Walk away with a custom made SUP, canoe or kayak paddle and some new woodworking skills. Limited to 5 people. Contact Barry at 631-767-8338 to register or for more info. Fee: $425 for instruction, material, and a one-year Surfrider membership.
Surfrider Foundation Meeting: Thursday April 24 (6:30 pm) at Mercado, Bridgehampton
Juliana and Mike became co-chairs of the local (eastern L.I.) chapter last year to be involved with post-Sandy efforts to “restore the shore,” many of which are poorly conceived. Learn about our initiatives and check out our special guest’s presentation: local surfer Kurt Rist’s winter of big wave surfing in Ireland. Open to the public.
Peconic River Paddle:  Saturday, May 10, 10am – 2pm
May is a great time to paddle the six-mile section from Connecticut Avenue to Grangel Park and note the signs of spring on the river: alewives, migrating songbirds, riverside blossoms, and basking turtles. We will also check for signs of the otter that was seen on the river last winter and fall. Fee: $10/person. Kayak and canoe rentals available. Call or e-mail Mike for info or to reserve:  or 631-267-5228.
Napeague Horseshoe Crab Paddle:  Wednesday, May 14, 6-8pm
Timed to coincide with sunset and, more importantly, a full moon high tide. We’ll paddle along the shoreline of scenic Napeague Harbor to look for mating horseshoe crabs. Joint trip with East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. Kayak and canoe rentals available. Call or e-mail Mike for info or to reserve:  or 631-267-5228.
Montauk Natural History Weekend:  Friday-Sunday  June 6-8
A great natural history weekend at the luxurious Montauk Manor with guided field trips in the Montauk area.Trip leaders: Mike Bottini, Mickey Maxwell Cohen and Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society. Cost: $385.00 includes 2 nights at the Manor House, 4 meals plus a wine & cheese welcome reception, 5 guided hikes, 2 evening programs, an evening star watch, plus free pickup at the LIRR station in Montauk. Optional paddleboarding/kayak trip. This trip is in partnership with NYC Audubon. For questions and reservations email: or call (718)474-0896.

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