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Fifty Shades of Green: Taking It On The Shins

I’ve never been one for trends or fads. In fact, I’ve been behind the curve on just about every craze except for Beatlemania, to which I am a lifelong devotee. And so it was with

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

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

Meet the Beetle: The Pine Beetle, That Is

We are here today to speak with one of earth’s oldest inhabitants, learn about its habits, habitat and maybe uncover some secrets that will help us co-exist with this often grossly misunderstood member of

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

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,

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

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