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Osprey Fledglings Report 2020

By |2020-07-29T18:01:03-04:00July 29th, 2020|Natural History, Nature Notes, News|

A pair from a drone with the remains of dinner. Photo by Todd McCormack Osprey Fledglings Report 2020 by Ken Edwards, Sr. We had 42 fledglings on 18 sites, a new high for Fishers Island. The past high was in 2018 with 34 on 17 sites. This year we had great

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Sleuthing for Rare Plants on Fishers Island

By |2020-05-31T11:08:33-04:00May 2nd, 2020|Natural History, Nature Notes, Newsletter 2020|

NATURE NOTES “Sleuthing for Rare Plants on Fishers Island, Suffolk County, N.Y.” Edwin H. Horning outside the second Museum building. Photograph by Ethan Kibbe, circa 1997. Mr. Horning (1919-2008) was the curator of the HLFM from 1970 until 2002. by the late Edwin H. Horning, former curator, Henry L. Ferguson Museum Originally

Nature Notes: Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

By |2020-05-31T11:08:19-04:00May 2nd, 2020|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2020|

Nature Notes Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) by Terry McNamara Muskrat swimming. Photo by Justine Kibbe. The muskrat may be the most common semi-aquatic mammal on Fishers Island, yet it is rarely observed. The first reaction you may have when encountering a muskrat is to identify it as a large rat. A well-fed mature

Pool Party for Spring Peepers

By |2020-05-23T07:59:52-04:00April 2nd, 2020|Natural History, Nature Notes, News|

Pool Party for Spring Peepers Museum April 2020 Spring Peeper The wonders of nature never cease, and in our current circumstances time spent focusing on the natural world provides a welcome relief from the news. Spring has arrived and with it comes the nighttime sound that heralds the change in seasons: the

Nature Notes: North American River Otter

By |2020-04-14T19:23:42-04:00June 5th, 2019|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2019|

Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS. (Lontra canadensis) by Terry McNamara The sight of a group, or “romp,” of otters crossing the bank of a pond with their playful, loping gait can’t fail to elicit a smile. Sleek and weasel-like, these carnivorous mammals have rich brown fur and grow to between three and four feet

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Nature Notes: Fishers Island Seagrass

By |2020-04-14T19:23:03-04:00May 25th, 2018|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2018|

Eelgrass dampening wave action, Barley Field Cove, F.I. Photo: seagrassli.org. What Is Seagrass, and Why Should We Care About It? by Elizabeth McCance Commonly mistaken for seaweed, seagrass is a flowering plant complete with roots, stems, and flowers that is adapted to life underwater. Globally, there are about 60 species of seagrass. The

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Nature Notes: American Mink (Neovison vison)

By |2020-04-14T19:23:13-04:00May 25th, 2018|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2018|

American mink (Neovison vison). Photo by Pdreijnders from Wikimedia Commons American Mink (Neovison vison) by Terry McNamara Each year there are reported sightings of a chocolate to dark brown weasel-like animal about two feet in length with a bushy tail. Detailed observations mention white on the animal’s chin and throat and a tail

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Nature Notes: The Snakes of Fishers Island – Part II

By |2020-04-14T19:22:03-04:00May 23rd, 2017|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2017|

by Terry McNamara In last year’s newsletter we discussed the two most common snakes that you are likely to encounter on our island: the Northern Black Racer and the Eastern Garter Snake. There are two other species of snake that inhabit Fishers Island. You may have encountered the Eastern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis s. sauritus). It

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Nature Notes: Birds, Plants & Fish of Fort H.G. Wright

By |2020-04-14T19:22:14-04:00May 23rd, 2017|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2017|

Excerpted from: Birds, Plants & Fish of Fort H.G. Wright by the late Edwin Horning [1998]. Silver Eel Cove: Island climate; plants, animals, and folks around the docks Docks on Silver Eel Cove with Pump House in background, circa 2001. “Silver Eel Cove” (where the Fishers Island ferries dock) was a pond before

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The Snakes of Fishers Island – Part 1

By |2020-04-14T19:21:15-04:00May 28th, 2016|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2016|

Nature Notes by Terry McNamara Northern Black Racer adult When you walk on Fishers Island during the summer months, you’re likely to encounter a snake or two in the fields or open woodlands. Turn over a few rocks, and you might find a few more. You’ll probably get no more than the briefest

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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.

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