Nature Notes by Terry McNamara 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 glimpse of these reptiles, as they […]
Nature Notes from the Museum
Nature Notes Excerpted from “Rocks, Plants, Birds and People of Fishers Island”  by the late Edwin Horning Birds No Longer Nesting or Decreasing Barn Owl: This owl once nested in the old ice house on the shore of Middle Farm Pond. The last time that it nested there was in May 1955. Later, sometime […]
by Penni Sharp On any sunny spring or summer day, anyone passing by one of Fishers Island’s freshwater ponds may catch a glimpse of turtles basking on an exposed rock or fallen tree. These turtles are most likely to be painted turtles (Chrysemys picta), probably the most common and conspicuous turtle on the island. They […]
by Penni Sharp Ferns of Fishers Island Fishers Island is a botanically diverse island with a number of different habitat types supporting different plant communities. Nearly 1000 species of vascular plants were identified in a 2003 study of the island flora. The flora of Fishers Island was first documented by Hanmer and St. John in […]
2011 Nature Notes
Two years ago, a bird not seen at Fishers Island for a number of years, returned. The bird was the Piping plover (Charadrius melodus), a federally threatened species in the Atlantic region. During the 1970s, the island supported a small colony of this species near Middle Farms; however, habitat change and other causes resulted in the disappearance of this bird from Fishers.