For the education and enjoyment of the community and visitors, and for the protection of habitat for the Island’s flora and fauna.
LEARN ABOUT 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.
WALK THE NATURE TRAILS
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.
WATCH A WEB CAM
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.
TAKE A LOOK BACK
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.
Illustrated lectures, workshops and meetings are hosted throughout the year on the second floor. Lectures are given by guest speakers, including naturalists, historians, and authors, as well as Museum Director Pierce Rafferty. The topics are chosen based on issues that are relevant to the Museum’s mission with an overall goal of educating the community on ways to support and sustain our environment and that of the surrounding region.
We provide opportunities for young children to develop a love of nature and ecology through participatory learning both at the Museum and in the field. The programs are led by experienced nature educators who share their knowledge and love of natural history with our youngest generation.
Nature walks led by Terry McNamara and visiting naturalists are hosted by the Museum to educate our community about the local flora and fauna. Join us to learn more about species of birds and wild plants on Fishers Island.
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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.
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.