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The Ken Edwards Wildlife Conservation Fund

By |2023-09-26T11:29:01-04:00September 6th, 2023|Natural History, News|

Fund created to recognize the work of former H.L. Ferguson Museum Board member and island conservationist Ken Edwards By Faith Coolidge Nearly every day, all year round, islander Ken Edwards can be found driving around the island in his pickup truck checking out different vantage points to observe bird life. For Ken, a day is

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Osprey Chick Defends Nest in August

By |2023-08-23T13:15:10-04:00August 23rd, 2023|News, Osprey Blog 2023|

In August, the osprey chick aggressively defended the nest at Middle Farms and continued to hone vital skills. By mid August, the osprey spent less time on the nest and during feeding times usually only stayed briefly. They could more often be heard nearby and the chick returned to the camera nightly

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Osprey Chick First Flight July 29th

By |2023-08-09T11:28:50-04:00August 7th, 2023|News, Osprey Blog 2023|

On July 29th, approximately 58 days after hatching from the egg, the osprey chick fully fledged and took its first flight away from the nest at Middle Farms. In the days leading up to its first flight, the fledgling continued to develop stronger skills for flying, along with skills for eating and

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Fishers Island Biodiversity 2023 Report

By |2024-05-22T08:33:04-04:00August 4th, 2023|Featured, Land Trust, Natural History, News|

Fishers Island Biodiversity: Rare Species and Natural Communities of the Henry L. Ferguson Museum Land Trust New York Natural Heritage Program July 2023 The Henry L. Ferguson Museum contracted with the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP) in early 2020 to conduct a two-year inventory of rare plants and animals

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Osprey Chick Practices Feeding and Flying

By |2023-08-07T07:32:28-04:00July 18th, 2023|News, Osprey Blog 2023|

In the ten days since the two younger osprey chicks passed, the mother fiercely defended her remaining chick as it continued to develop and practice feeding and flying skills. Though it may have appeared that the the chick was alone on Middle Farms nest a good portion of the day and night,

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Osprey Chicks Learn To Tend Nest – But Two Tragically Pass

By |2023-07-09T11:22:11-04:00July 8th, 2023|News, Osprey Blog 2023|

This post was initially compiled as a progress report on nest tending - not only by the mother osprey but also by the chicks learning to use their beaks for more than pecking, but tragically both younger chicks have since passed away. On July 5th, 2023 the youngest chick passed away –

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Osprey Chicks Battle For Pecking Order

By |2023-07-09T11:52:45-04:00June 29th, 2023|News, Osprey Blog 2023|

As the osprey chicks grew stronger mid-June, the battle for the pecking order grew. Initially the two older chicks fought each other, but when the littlest one got bigger (and hungrier), it received the brunt of the attacks. The following video clips capture some of the battles from June 15, 2023 - June 26,

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Osprey Chicks First Week at Middle Farms

By |2023-06-14T13:16:53-04:00June 13th, 2023|News, Osprey Blog 2023|

During the first week after the third egg hatched at Middle Farms, mom and dad osprey continued their efforts to tend and defend the nest. The feedings increased significantly and the chicks grew stronger each day. The following video clips and images capture some of the nest activity from June 7, 2023 - June

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First osprey sighting on Middle Farms nest in 2023

By |2023-03-21T13:48:45-04:00March 21st, 2023|News, Osprey Blog 2023|

Two osprey were spotted on Middle Farms nest early Tuesday morning March 21, 2023! A special thanks to Carolyn Ross for providing the screen capture and exciting news. Live Osprey Cam

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ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2023

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F.I. Sketchbook 2005

THE SKETCHBOOKS OF CHARLIE FERGUSON

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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