Two new books of interest have recently been published: “The Nature of Oaks”, by Douglas Tallamy and “A World On the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds”, by Scott Weidensaul.

Fishers Island Fire Department maintains careful control over planned burning in the Parade Grounds Sanctuary in March. Jane Ahrens Photo

A healthy manatee drifts under dock in Vero Beach, FL amidst reflections of boats on lifts. Disappearing seagrass causing a feeding crisis for manatees is farther up the east coast near Merritt Island. FIConservancy Photo.

Mating ritual of least terns on South Beach. “What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” said Nature historian David Attenborough. Todd McCormack Photo

Birds of prey feed on rodents that may have ingested poisonous anticoagulant rodenticides, thereby transferring the poison to the birds.

Blurry black images are winter robins dispersing seeds of invasive Chinese privet shrub. Ironically, the robins are spreading the very seeds that can lead to fewer insects needed to feed their young.

This interactive illustration was developed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, but these birds are all found in New York and New England. Click on the link to access sounds of individual birds.

Plum Island is a gem of untouched flora and fauna. Congress granted the island a permanent reprieve from potential commercial development, when it tucked relief from the auction block in its 5,000-page omnibus COVID relief bill in December.