COURTESY PHOTO | A pair of eastern bluebirds share a meal in an image captured by birdcam at Mashomack Preserve.
As Mashomack Preserve volunteers gear up in preparation for providing nesting sites for the eastern bluebirds, 57 boxes stand ready to welcome the returning birds for the 17th year of this project.
These nest boxes are set throughout the eight meadows on the preserve that provide excellent bluebird habitat. The past 16 years of monitoring the bluebird nests along with the tree swallows which nest close to them, and now, purple martins, are helping us to spot trends in their habits and movements. (more…)
Donnamarie Barnes at Sylvester Manor. (Credit: Charity Robey)
Donnamarie Barnes unlocked the door of the 18th century house at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and moved through rooms full of sheeted furniture, aged wallpaper and neat piles of very old books. She addressed the place as if she were visiting an old friend who has been shut-in. (more…)
She had just started working at Sylvester Manor as a housekeeper, now almost 40 years ago, when Rose Wissemann came in touch with something one afternoon that still haunts her.
She recently recalled that unforgettable day when she had been doing some work in one of the smaller houses on the Manor grounds. As suddenly as a shadow shifts across a floor, an unsettling feeling stole over her. It was a sense that even though she was alone in the place, something — someone? — was with her. She stood still in the room. More than one presence, in some kind of terrible distress, was very near. (more…)
Leonardo DiCaprio on location in Indonesia for “Before the Flood” (Courtesy National Geographic Films)
This week when the Hamptons International Film Festival comes to town, among the many offerings will be a selection of films under the festival’s new “Air, Land & Sea” category.
A highlight of the category is National Geographic’s “Before the Flood,” which follows actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels to five continents and the Arctic to gain a deeper, personal understanding of climate change. (more…)