Shad?

In the morning, I often see a gentleman from town who owns a used books store. The lighthouse trail comprises his daily walk before opening the store. He usually keeps company with his own thoughts, but this morning, he paused on the dock to ask me a

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Cormorants

Cormorants are flying upriver on their return migration.  They fly together in small flocks of about a dozen in a V-formation traveling low, often just above the surface of the water

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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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