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An unobstructed view of the night sky

Earlier in the week, I sailed to New York City on the sloop Clearwater. For someone like me who lives alone on an island at the fringe of modern life, a trip to the big city is always exciting. Nevertheless, I was glad to return to the

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Dead turtle

This afternoon, one of the volunteer docents spotted something floating in the creek. “Is that a dead fish?” she wondered aloud, pointing to a carcass near the dock. It turned out to be a dead snapping turtle. Curious about what happened to it, I jumped in rowboat

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Snapping turtle

Lately, I’ve received repeated questions about snapping turtles in anticipation of their annual nesting near the lighthouse. Where do they nest? When do they show up? Each June, female snapping turtles (Chelydra Serpentina) crawl out of the river to lay their eggs in a nesting area near

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Yesterday evening, I sailed upriver into a 10-knot northerly breeze and riding the flood tide. Just north of the lighthouse I passed a couple of paddlers in kayaks. All of us watched as a bald eagle swooped down to the water and grabbed a fish. I continued

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False Indigo

Walking the trail yesterday, a flowering bush stopped me in my tracks. What caught my eye was the combination of purple and orange–a colorful spike of purple flowers with orange-tipped stamens. Other visitors noticed the flowers too, calling my attention to two previously overlooked bushes growing on

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Yellow rain

Last night’s thunderstorms left a golden coating of pollen on the walkways.  As rain puddles evaporated this morning, yellow pollen dust was left behind on the pavement.

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Clearwater vacation

I will be away from the lighthouse this week to volunteer on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.  I’ll join the crew of the Clearwater in Poughkeepsie and help with the onboard-education program, teaching grade-school students about the river.  In my absence, Dick and Karlyn will be taking

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Work days

Storm windows out and screens in.  The temperature reached the high 70s/low 80s today, so it was time open up the lighthouse and let in the the river breezes. The sunny weather was perfect for getting work done outside. Now, the boat shed looks happy after getting

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Alosa is the genus name for shad, the anadromous fish which migrate up the Hudson River this time of year. Alosa is also the name of the 16′ sloop on loan to me from River Dick. Dick has another sailboat, and this one sat out of the

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Trail conditions: better than ever!

The nor’easter a couple of weeks ago brought high water and pounding waves. This combination severely damgaged the trail. Sections of  the boardwalks were separated and scattered through the woods. Trees fell across the trail. Driftwood and debris clogged the footpath. Now, the trail clean up from

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Saugerties Lighthouse
Phone: (845) 247-0656


Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy
PO Box 654
Saugerties, NY 12477