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H.L. Ferguson Museum Receives Federal Grant for Fishers Island Seagrass Management

By |2020-12-29T12:42:38-05:00December 29th, 2020|Natural History, News|

The grant will deliver an outreach program to stakeholder communities presenting scenarios for eelgrass protection at Fishers Island, New York, and New London, Connecticut.

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The Important Role Eelgrass Plays in the Ecosystem

By |2020-12-01T12:27:59-05:00November 18th, 2020|Natural History|

A well-camouflaged Least Sandpiper foraging for food among eelgrass on Fishers Island. Photo by Connor Jones. Eelgrass still plays an important role in the ecosystem even after it has died. In this case, it provides habitat for small invertebrates and crustaceans which in turn become food for migrating shorebirds.

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2020 Reported Bird Sightings on Fishers Island

By |2020-10-30T09:27:36-04:00October 28th, 2020|Natural History, News|

2020 Reported Bird Sightings on Fishers Island This year, as of October 27th, there have been 167 different species reported. The data are collected from a group of knowledgeable birders and updated on a monthly basis. ● indicates a reported sighting Two oyster catchers flying in

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An Update on the FISM Coalition: October 2020

By |2020-10-30T10:21:43-04:00October 24th, 2020|Natural History, News|

An update on the FISM Coalition: October 2020 October 21, 2020  The Fishers Island Seagrass Management (FISM) Coalition has spent the summer and fall continuing its path towards protecting the island’s eelgrass ecosystems. Eelgrass, the most common species of seagrass around Fishers Island, is an incredibly important species of marine plant. The roughly 350

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FISM: Eelgrass vs. Algae

By |2020-10-09T13:58:24-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Natural History, News|

FISM: Eelgrass vs. Algae October 1, 2020 By Connor Jones, FISM Coordinator fishersislandseagrass@gmail.com You are walking on the beach on a breezy fall day and come across something thin, green and plant-like washed up on the beach. You know it came from the ocean, but how do you tell if it is a plant

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Long Island Sound’s Ecosystem Engineers

By |2020-10-09T13:58:37-04:00September 7th, 2020|Natural History, News|

Long Island Sound’s Ecosystem Engineers By Connor Jones Eelgrass, or Zostera marina, is a type of seagrass found in the estuaries and coastlines of the northern hemisphere. One of 72 species of seagrass found around the world, eelgrass is a true plant (an angiosperm), with roots, stems, leaves, seeds, and of course, flowers! Although

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Battery Wooster, former site of two 8-inch disappearing guns, Fort Mansfield, Napatree Point, R.I. , circa 2011. Photo by John Leuba.

ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2020

The Coastal Forts of Eastern Long Island Sound: Abandonment, Ruination and Repurposing.
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