East End Beacon

Fifty Shades of Green: Birders, Come to Your Census

“ I’m sure this is a yellow-bellied sapsucker. What else could it be? It’s got a yellow belly and it was sucking sap.” Thankfully, bird identification methods these days are more sophisticated than this method


Rambling Through Riverhead’s Newest Preserve

Rambling Through Riverhead’s Newest Preserve by Glenn Jochum “When you think of all of the things that could have happened here and didn’t, it’s amazing.” That was naturalist John Turner talking to a group of roughly 30


Playing original music in the vineyards.

A Battle Royale over Music Royalties

by Glenn Jochum A North Fork restauranteur shuts down live music less than a year after starting it, citing the inability to pay performance rights royalty companies in excess of $2,000 in annual fees for


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Making Music Out of Invasive Weeds

Making Music Out of Invasive Weeds by Glenn Jochum As a young boy growing up in Wisconsin, Jay Loomis felt the presence of the indigenous population that makes up much of the state — places bearing


Bringing Greetings from the Avian World

It’s official: I’m a bird nerd. On a Saturday in late July I joined nine of my colleagues in becoming a Vird Ambassador as part of a new National Audubon Society (NAS) initiative to


Fifty Shades of Green: Dealing with the Uptick of Ticks

I’m sure you’ve heard by now we’re in for a particularly rough tick season this year, which kicks off when the temperature climbs above 40 degrees. Here’s proof: In the middle of writing this


Fifty Shades of Green: The World is Not Your Ashtray

There are many benefits that come from living on the Main Road — snow removal, public water and accessibility to goods and services all spring to mind. But the amount of litter that manages to


The Atlantic Menhaden

The Bunker Resurgence: The Good News Beyond Recent Fish Kills

by Glenn Jochum As you take your fish oil supplement, feed your pet, or apply your lipstick there’s a chance your daily life is impacted by a 15-inch ocean dweller, Brevoortia tyrannus, a fierce-sounding name


Conservation Badge Still Has A Lot Of Merit

Fifty Shades of Green Conservation Badge Still Has a Lot of Merit by Glenn Jochum There it is, my old green uniform, still sitting in my closet, with the only badge I earned as a Boy Scout,


Loving Your Biodiverse Lawn

Our lawns are contributing to making Long Island’s water supply sick. One hundred and seventeen pesticide-related chemicals appeared in Long Island’s aquifer during a groundwater study conducted between 1996 and 2010 by the Suffolk County


Going Green, By Degrees…

Every April, I am forced to wonder how “green” I am. As a committee member for Stony Brook University’s weeklong environmentally friendly event called Earthstock, I am supposed to be a shining example of