Bird’s Eye View: Fishers Island from Above

Annual Exhibit

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The Life Cycle of Osprey

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The Henry L. Ferguson Museum

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The Henry L. Ferguson Museum invites visitors to learn more about the Prehistory, History and Natural History of Fishers Island – and its protected lands.

The Museum offers a wide array of hands-on opportunities and online resources for the education and enjoyment of the Island’s community and its visitors.



Land Trust

Natural History

The H.L. Ferguson Museum’s Annual Exhibition 2023

The Sketchbooks of Charlie Ferguson

1st Floor Main Gallery

Untitled watercolor from C.B. Ferguson’s “Fishers Island 2005.”

The 2023 Annual Exhibitions are on display at the Museum through mid June. The main exhibit is on display virtually on this website.

Exhibitions sponsored by:

Early Paintings
of Fishers Island

Natural History Gallery

Early Photographs
of Fishers Island

Second Floor Gallery

For the education and enjoyment of the community and visitors, and for the protection of habitat for the Island’s flora and fauna.


Plants and wildlife are fascinating to observe and study.

Fishers Island is an exceptionally beautiful place. We are surrounded by a natural landscape brimming with diverse plants and animals. Without flora and fauna, we could not exist, and the interdependent relationship between people and our environment sustains a delicate balance that must be protected and conserved for future generations.


377 acres of open space are protected by the Museum’s Land Trust.

Explore the diverse ecosystems and wildlife habitats each trail offers. Passing through sun-streaked woodlands, open meadows, coastal bluffs and shaded mossy paths, you’ll see birds and wildflowers, tall grasses, and a variety of trees. You may hear the hoot of a Barred owl, glimpse an egret catching its dinner, or simply experience the stillness of a nature preserve.


A virtual window into the natural world of birds on Fishers Island.

The Museum web cam connects viewers to the intimate life cycle of our osprey neighbors. Watch the unfolding action over time as the eggs hatch, the male delivers eagerly awaited food to the nest, and the female broods the young. Approximately 55 days after hatching, the chicks will fledge with feathers and wing muscles that are developed enough for first flight. We hope that this window on their world will inspire further conservation efforts on Fishers Island.


Learn about the rich and storied history that connects our community.

Thanks to generous, thoughtful donors and Museum leaders with the foresight to recognize how preserving our past helps to guide our future, the Museum holds extensive collections of documents, photographs, and ephemera reflecting all aspects of Fishers Island’s history. We invite you to explore the selected samples available online.

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Please Help Support Our Mission

Your generous contribution will help toward the preservation and exhibition of items of PreHistory, History and Natural History of Fishers Island and, through its Land Trust, the preservation in perpetuity of undeveloped property in its natural state. 


F.I. Sketchbook 2005


In the full sweep of Fishers Island’s history, there is no artist more synonymous, more closely associated with Fishers Island than Charles B. “Charlie” Ferguson. The main show features images from two of Charlie's sketchbooks which functioned as illustrated diaries that were filled with daily activities, nature observations, personal notes, and lots of art—drawings, sketches, and watercolors—in various states of completion.

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