Above: Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), a native spring flowering wildflower, photographed by Len Green on his rewilded property.
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Climate Local Now | Spring: Nature is Speaking

Above: Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), a native spring flowering wildflower, photographed by Len Green on his rewilded property. by Leonard Green May is migration heaven, all the birds singing. On my way down to the beach this morning, the air is thick with song: orioles, cardinals, chickadees, wrens. Closer to Gardiner’s Bay the trilling of prairie warblers, the buzzy notes of red winged blackbirds.  Then the leaf blower starts. And won’t
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Climate Local Now: A Guide to Succession Planting in Your Garden

by Cristina Cosentino This month marks the start of gardening season on the East End. Every year is a chance to start over. Gardens are forgiving in that way, and they teach patience. We have to wait a whole year before we can try something different. Now is the time to plan improvements for this year. Planting in succession is one way to make the most out of your garden.
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Climate Local Now | Of Mice and Men: Befriending Nature’s Balance

Pictured Above: Stone walls were once prime snake habitat on the East End, but few snakes have been seen here in recent years, leading to cascading consequences up and down the food chain. by Leonard Green When I was a boy, snakes were a common sight on the island: garter snakes, northern black racers, and milk snakes. Black racers are the largest snakes on Long Island. I know they are
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Climate Local Now: Gray Cobblestone or Cheaper, Smarter, Greener

The gazebo at Reeves Beach in Riverhead after recent winter storms. |. Tom Shaffery photo by Mark Haubner and Mary Morgan What Are We Thinking? More like, How are we thinking? If you do a quick search of local news sources for ‘Reeves Park Beach Pavilion storm 2024’ you will see a resident’s pictures of what massive amounts of water do to our properties.  The pavilion was constructed at the bottom of
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Climate Local Now: Letter From Panama, Lessons for the East End

by Leonard Green I’m in Panama, where it’s hot and dry. It’s the dry season this time of year, so that’s normal. The enormous queue of ships backed up waiting to enter the canal, however, is not normal. There’s just not enough lake-fed water in the canal for normal operations. There was a 27 percent drop in rainfall during last year’s rainy season. That has certainly contributed to the problem.
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Climate Local Now: A Good News Round-Up — Smile and Take Action

Ready for some January good news?  Some of our favorite sources are The Optimist Daily newsletter, and the “Good News” section of the weekly Climate Change Resources newsletter, offering free doses of positivity.   Health is Wealth The above is one of my mother’s favorite expressions. Another: The best things in life are free. She lived to 86, attributing her good health to finding reasons to smile. The Optimist Daily shares Sweden’s Säg hej! (say hello!) campaign, spreading warmth
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Climate Local Now: A Guide to Green Gifts for the Holidays

by Mary Morgan As the holiday season approaches, why not spark a smile from family and friends with something eco-friendly, showing you care about them, and the planet?  Call it cool, environmentally-conscious or low carbon, just go green!   My Green Gift Criteria What makes a green gift? I use three science-based criteria as my guide:  1. Eliminate waste and pollution.  That means choosing ingredients, materials and packaging with low or
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Climate Local Now: Walking Through Nature’s Miracles

By Leonard Green We live on an island in an age of rising seas and hotter and wetter weather. Earlier this season, there was a rare Category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic. The consequences of accelerated climate change are here. And they are just beginning. Yet, on my daily walk down to Gardiner’s Bay, I am struck by how little we seem to value the natural systems that maintain a
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Climate Local Now: The Balancing Act

By Mark Haubner Language Matters Say my health insurance company called and wanted to talk about my latest ‘visit’ to the hospital. If you go to the lobby and get a little sticky paper with your name on it to wear on your shirt for two hours while you comfort a friend on the third floor, that’s a ‘visit.’ You leave when you want. If your name goes on a
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Climate Local Now: Why We Joined the East End Countertop Recycler Pilot (And You Can Too!)

by Mary Morgan “I liked the discount” — Hampton Bays “My current recycling system is getting to be more than I can handle” — Orient “I want something easier than my backyard compost” — East Marion “My worm bin does not process enough food scraps”  — Mattituck So said early-birds in a pilot program launched this August by the Long Island Organics Council (LIOC) and the Canadian company Food Cycle
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Climate Local Now: Seven Apps for Sustainable Living

by Brianne Briggmann Are you using your smartphone to reduce your carbon footprint?  If not, it’s time to take out your device and open up the App Store. There are so many apps out there to help you lower your footprint by acting locally or engaging globally. With a little help from your smart device, you can easily do your part to get involved in climate action and promote a