Another otter sighting

Virginia submitted this river otter sighting from her walk on Saturday: On our walk along the trail today we saw river otter scat along the boardwalk to the private dock (where people are not supposed to trespass)  There were also tracks and BIG tunnels. The tunnels she

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Clearwater returns

The sloop Clearwater returned to the creek on Friday after a few weeks in Staten Island, where it was hauled out for its annual inspection and hull repairs. Now, the crew will rig the sloop for spring sailing.

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otter spotter number 256

This morning, around 9:15 AM, a river otter was swimming in the mouth of the Esopus Creek. It’s swift and undulating motions were unmistakeable. After swimming at the surface for awhile, it dove underwater and reemerged near the dock. Last seen swimming along the bulkhead by the

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Trail conditions: raked clean

Each month the trail is spiffed up by a group of people performing community service. Yesterday, the “trailbirds” raked away the piles driftwood and detritus that washed ashore during floods earlier in the month. Spurred on by Conservancy board member Liza Walsh, they also picked up the

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Saugerties Daily

Virginia is a regular visitor to the lighthouse. When she walks the trail, she observes with the keen eye of a gardener and naturalist. Now, she shares her photographs and observations online at her new blog: Village Encounters. Personally, I am grateful for Virginia’s fresh perspective. I

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Stranded Shuga

Overnight freezing temperatures and churning wave action created spongy, clumpy shuga ice along the shoreline. A retreating tide left a mass of the shuga ice stranded on the shoal near the lighthouse, like a white remnant of winter.

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River rats

Heavy rains. Flooding on Esopus Creek. Dock called me early on Saturday morning. He was up until 4 AM moving stuff in his yard out of reach of flood tide and moving driftwood and detritus out of his yard with the ebb tide.  He was surviving on

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