Buzz in the air

Springtime is always a busy time of year for an amateur naturalist like myself. So many things happening in the natural world all at once, it’s hard to keep track of it all. Birds migrating. Animals appearing. Insects emerging. Plants popping up. The ice cleared from the

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River otter sighting

Yesterday morning, I spotted a river otter in the mouth of Esopus Creek at the dock at approximately 6:45 AM. At first the otter was beneath the corner of the dock and immediately submerged and swam away. It resurfaced approximately 50 feet away. It swam around in

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Report from Ice Station Glasco

Captain I.R. Dangerous brings a tale of a different sort of ice boating: As some of you may know, the chief bottle washer of Ice Station Glasco is also a bored member of the Saugerties Lighthouse, & holds the prestigious title Chairman of the Dock Committee. Some

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Cold winter night

The temperature is in the single digits and dropping. Severe wind chill expected overnight but just a breeze at the moment. The tide is ebbing, carrying ice floes swiftly past the lighthouse. Occasionally, I hear a commotion outside. It is the ice settling and cracking as the

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New Year's Day 2009

Yesterday morning, while firing up the coalstove, I looked out the parlor windows and noticed mergansers swimming in the open water at the mouth of the creek, the first large flock of mergansers for the season. Ice lined the creek and coves, but open water remained in

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