Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Green: Taking It On The Shins

[caption id="attachment_34152" align="alignright" width="300"] Glenn Jochum[/caption] 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 yoga. It took a medical crisis for me to give yoga a try. A year ago this December, I woke up one morning and knew that something was seriously
Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Green: Birders, Come to Your Census

[caption id="attachment_34152" align="alignright" width="300"] Glenn Jochum[/caption] “ 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 employed by nature-challenged sewer worker Ed Norton on the popular sitcom “The Honeymooners.” In fact, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, begun in 1900 by ornithologist Frank M. Chapman, which
A storm brews over the Kujawski potato farm
Fifty Shades of Green

Rambling Through Riverhead’s Newest Preserve

[caption id="attachment_39904" align="aligncenter" width="600"] A storm brews over the Kujawski potato farm[/caption] 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 hikers who responded to an invitation to tour a new 225-acre state park, the Hallock State Park Preserve, in late September.
Playing original music in the vineyards.
Music

A Battle Royale over Music Royalties

[caption id="attachment_39566" align="alignnone" width="600"] Playing original music in the vineyards.[/caption] 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 playing copyrighted music. A Southold tavern owner who no longer features live music decides it is in his best interest to pay all three performing
Music

Making Music Out of Invasive Weeds

[caption id="attachment_39299" align="alignnone" width="600"] Jay Loomis with a homemadeJapanese knotweed flute[/caption] 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 Native American names — but it was the music he heard that changed his life forever. That Native American flute music drifting from
Fifty Shades of Green

Bringing Greetings from the Avian World

[caption id="attachment_34152" align="alignright" width="150"] Glenn Jochum[/caption] 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 teach bird lovers to better advocate for these creatures. Kelly Knutson, NAS New York Field Organizer, NYS Headquarters, Troy, New York, presented our certifications. First, a little history. The National
Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Green: Dealing with the Uptick of Ticks

[caption id="attachment_34152" align="alignright" width="300"] Glenn Jochum[/caption] 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 article I found a deer tick on my arm. Experts who make these predictions tell us that a warmer-than-normal winter has resulted in a white-footed mouse population explosion. The rodents
Fifty Shades of Green

Fifty Shades of Green: The World is Not Your Ashtray

[caption id="attachment_34152" align="alignright" width="300"] Glenn Jochum[/caption] 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 find its way to the lawns and driveways of houses fronting main thoroughfares is not one of them. If our outer world is a reflection of our inner world,
Environment

The Bunker Resurgence: The Good News Beyond Recent Fish Kills

[caption id="attachment_7641" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Atlantic Menhaden[/caption] 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 for a mild-mannered fish. That’s because all of these products are derived from the filter feeder better known as menhaden or bunker. This fish, which also makes irresistible
Fifty Shades of Green

Conservation Badge Still Has A Lot Of Merit

[caption id="attachment_34986" align="aligncenter" width="400"] The Boy Scout Soil & Water Conservation Badge[/caption] Fifty Shades of Green Conservation Badge Still Has a Lot of Merit by Glenn Jochum [caption id="attachment_34152" align="alignright" width="300"] Glenn Jochum[/caption] There it is, my old green uniform, still sitting in my closet, with the only badge I earned as a Boy Scout, the Conservation Badge. It’s proof that I cared about the environment way back before I
Dandelions and clover are part of a biodiverse lawn.
Gardenwise

Loving Your Biodiverse Lawn

[caption id="attachment_34636" align="alignnone" width="600"] Dandelions and clover are part of a biodiverse lawn.[/caption] 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 Department of Health Services, Suffolk County Water Authority and United States Geological Survey. The aquifer provides our sole source of fresh water,