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HLFM Bird Database

By |2022-06-08T10:08:55-04:00May 14th, 2022|Natural History, News|

Tracking Avian Activity on Fishers Island, Month by Month The Henry L. Ferguson Museum holds intermittent bird observation data for Fishers Island that date back to the 1920s, initially recorded by Alfred L. and Henry L. Ferguson, Sr. and later in the 1950s and 1960s by Museum Curator H. Lee Ferguson, Jr. The scope

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Amazing Natural History Discovery on Museum’s Land Trust property

By |2021-08-27T08:13:21-04:00August 26th, 2021|iNaturalist, Land Trust, Natural History, News|

On August 25, 2021, educator and naturalist, Murray Fisher sent the following report to Museum director, Pierce Rafferty: "I just had the most amazing natural history discovery today on the Land Trust’s Matty Matthiessen preserve that I want to share with you – and everyone! . . ." As I always

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H.L. Ferguson Museum Receives Federal Grant for Fishers Island Seagrass Management

By |2020-12-29T12:42:38-05:00December 29th, 2020|Natural History, News|

The grant will deliver an outreach program to stakeholder communities presenting scenarios for eelgrass protection at Fishers Island, New York, and New London, Connecticut.

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The Important Role Eelgrass Plays in the Ecosystem

By |2020-12-01T12:27:59-05:00November 18th, 2020|Natural History|

A well-camouflaged Least Sandpiper foraging for food among eelgrass on Fishers Island. Photo by Connor Jones. Eelgrass still plays an important role in the ecosystem even after it has died. In this case, it provides habitat for small invertebrates and crustaceans which in turn become food for migrating shorebirds.

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2020 Reported Bird Sightings on Fishers Island

By |2020-10-30T09:27:36-04:00October 28th, 2020|Natural History, News|

2020 Reported Bird Sightings on Fishers Island This year, as of October 27th, there have been 167 different species reported. The data are collected from a group of knowledgeable birders and updated on a monthly basis. ● indicates a reported sighting Two oyster catchers flying in

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An Update on the FISM Coalition: October 2020

By |2020-10-30T10:21:43-04:00October 24th, 2020|Natural History, News|

An update on the FISM Coalition: October 2020 October 21, 2020  The Fishers Island Seagrass Management (FISM) Coalition has spent the summer and fall continuing its path towards protecting the island’s eelgrass ecosystems. Eelgrass, the most common species of seagrass around Fishers Island, is an incredibly important species of marine plant. The roughly 350

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FISM: Eelgrass vs. Algae

By |2020-10-09T13:58:24-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Natural History, News|

FISM: Eelgrass vs. Algae October 1, 2020 By Connor Jones, FISM Coordinator fishersislandseagrass@gmail.com You are walking on the beach on a breezy fall day and come across something thin, green and plant-like washed up on the beach. You know it came from the ocean, but how do you tell if it is a plant

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ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2022

Dr. Ralph Hoch leading the 1978 Memorial Day parade from a red MG driven by Eddie White. Photo by Charlie Morgan.

YEAR ROUND: A CELEBRATION OF COMMUNITY

The main show chronicles many aspects of the Island’s year-round community with a focus on work, school activities, recreation, and annual events that help bring the Island together.

NOW ON DISPLAY AT THE MUSEUM

This year’s Annual Exhibition will open virtually on this website later this summer.

WINTER VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

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