The early spring on Fishers Island brought with it some interesting events in the avian world. Most remarkable was the occupation of the Rafferty osprey nest by a pair of Greathorned owls (Bubo virginianus).
2011 Newsletter by Bob Miller 2010 and early 2011 witnessed an increasing pace of contributions of potential building lots to the Land Trust, to be held in their natural state in perpetuity. On October 21, 2010, Kate and Chris Milliken transferred FIDCO Lot 30-6 to the Museum. This property consists of a high knoll with […]
2011 Newsletter by G.C. Matthiessen The following article appeared in Wrack Lines, Vol. 9 Issue 1 Spring/Summer 2009, and is reproduced with the kind permission of the author and the publisher, UConn’s Connecticut Sea Grant. The annual harvest of seafood from the world’s oceans is currently between 80 and 90 million tons. During the past […]
2011 Newsletter by Pierce Rafferty In early February 2011, an e-mail was sent to the Museum by a man in Montana with a request for information about his father. He wrote: “My name is Jim Carpenter. My father was Lt. Cmd. Owen Carpenter (USNR). He served during World War II at Fishers Island. According to […]
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.