• Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 81 degrees and a calm wind becoming southeast 5 to 8 miles per hour in the afternoon. Tonight is expected to be partly cloudy, with a low around 57 degrees. Tomorrow is expected to be sunny, with a high near 80 degrees. Independence Day is looking mostly cloudy at this point, with a high near 78 degrees, and Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 81. There’s a moderate risk of rip currents off the South Shore beaches of Long Island today.
• The marine mammal rescue team at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation responded to two cases of dead whales on Long Island’s South Shore beaches yesterday. A True’s beaked whale washed up on Pike’s Beach in Westhampton and was brought back to the Riverhead Foundation’s facility for a necropsy, and a humpback whale that washed up on Fire Island Tuesday night is being examined to determine the cause of death. True’s beaked whales are relatively rare, but they have washed up on the South Fork before.
• The Quogue Wildlife Refuge is inviting the public to explore Old Ice Pond via kayak or canoe during a self-guided paddle this afternoon at 4 p.m. on Old Ice Pond, a 100+ year old pond that was originally created for Ice Harvesting for the Quogue Ice Company. More information is online here. There are plenty of group paddling events on the East End in the upcoming weeks. Our full listings are online here.
• Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge, author John Hargrove will read from his book “Beneath the Surface,” an account of orca captivity, and a call for the relationship between humans and killer whales to be radically rethought. Mr. Hargrove’s career as one of the most experienced orca trainers in the world spanned the course of two decades. More information is online here.
• We got a great moonlight preview last night, but tonight is the full moon, and Group for the East End is hosting a full moon walk at Downs Farm Preserve. Afterwards, they’re planning to celebrate the North Fork’s Native American heritage by making music with hand drums and instruments under the moonlight. The evening begins at 8 p.m. More information is online here. If you miss tonight, there’s a blue moon this month on July 31!
• Here’s an interesting video on the ongoing census of horseshoe crabs on Long Island from Wake Multimedia:
• Southampton Town Councilman Stan Glinka has launched an “Adopt a Bus Shelter” program for residents, companies and organizations who want to keep the bus shelters litter-free.The sponsor will receive a sign in recognition to be placed on their adopted shelter and will enlist the help of one of the approved maintenance providers on the town’s website to remove the litter and debris. For more information on the program, email Allison Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the town’s website.
And that’s the way things look at dawn’s light here today.