• The sun is shining this morning, but the National Weather Service says we’ll be seeing some rain after 4 p.m. The high temperature today will be near 43 degrees, with a west wind 7 to 14 miles per hour. Tonight, we’re expecting more rain and a chance of snow, with an accumulation of less than an inch. Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high near 46 degrees and Thursday will be sunny, with a high near 50 degrees.
• A group of hearty New Suffolk volunteers spent some time Sunday, with the help of the Group for the East End, replacing a longstanding osprey nest in West Creek that had been destroyed by the winter weather. New Suffolkers reported Monday that an osprey was already scoping the platform out for its summer home.
• In a less optimistic wildlife story Sunday, someone reported to police that they were bitten by a seal on the beach in Sagaponack. The Riverhead Foundation was called in to assess the seal’s condition and found it to be healthy. They’re reminding the public that seals are wild animals and have the potential to bite and spread disease if you come too close. They’re also federally protected animals and you’re supposed to stay 150 feet away from them. They do still recommend you report all sightings to their 24 hour hotline number: 631.369.9829.
• Peconic Landing will be hosting a panel discussion tonight on important environmental issues on the North Fork with Nancy Kelly of The Nature Conservancy, Bob Deluca of Group for the East End and John Halsey of the Peconic Land Trust, all of whom are experts in dealing with conservation and the natural environment. More information is online here.
• Guild Hall will host a free staged reading of “In a Roundabout Way” by Kim Sykes tonight at 7:30 p.m. The play follows two smart and stubborn women, very much alike in spirit: Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley, who attempt to rekindle a friendship, despite their memories and mental failings during the upheavals of the late 19th Century. More information is online here.
• Southampton and East Hampton towns are hosting their 12th annual East End Mental Health Awareness Day on Saturday, April 11 at Southampton High School. Among the topics up for discussion are the new South Fork Behavioral Health Initiative, which is bringing additional mental health services to the East End; and the Medicaid redesign, which will affect how health care is delivered here. The Beacon’s full story is online here.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.