Island History: Fishers Island in the Revolutionary War

By |2020-06-02T16:27:43-04:00May 2nd, 2020|Island History, Newsletter 2020|

ISLAND HISTORY Fishers Island in the Revolutionary War by Pierce Rafferty “Genl. Howe Evacuating Boston,” engraving by J. Godfrey, circa 1861. Museum Collection. The first rumblings of the American Revolution reached our shores in late May 1773, some six months before the Boston Tea Party. According to an account published in a

Sleuthing for Rare Plants on Fishers Island

By |2020-05-31T11:08:33-04:00May 2nd, 2020|Natural History, Nature Notes, Newsletter 2020|

NATURE NOTES “Sleuthing for Rare Plants on Fishers Island, Suffolk County, N.Y.” Edwin H. Horning outside the second Museum building. Photograph by Ethan Kibbe, circa 1997. Mr. Horning (1919-2008) was the curator of the HLFM from 1970 until 2002. by the late Edwin H. Horning, former curator, Henry L. Ferguson Museum Originally

Native Americans on Fishers Island

By |2020-05-31T11:08:26-04:00May 2nd, 2020|Archeology, Newsletter 2020|

Island Archaeology New booklet examines life for the Native Americans on Fishers Island before John Winthrop, Jr., arrived… Native Americans on Fishers Island is a booklet that explores how archaeological discoveries on Fishers Island illuminate the lives of the people who lived here hundreds and even thousands of years ago. The document is a

Nature Notes: Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

By |2020-05-31T11:08:19-04:00May 2nd, 2020|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2020|

Nature Notes Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) by Terry McNamara Muskrat swimming. Photo by Justine Kibbe. The muskrat may be the most common semi-aquatic mammal on Fishers Island, yet it is rarely observed. The first reaction you may have when encountering a muskrat is to identify it as a large rat. A well-fed mature

Fishers Island Seagrass Management Spring 2020

By |2020-09-27T09:08:46-04:00May 1st, 2020|Newsletter 2020|

Fishers Island Seagrass Management Coalition Update Spring 2020 Connor Jones, FISM Coordinator, in the HLFM Sanctuary, April 2020. The Fishers Island Seagrass Management (FISM) Coalition is getting ready to go into its fourth summer of activities. Even during these challenging times, we are still committed to the efforts required to protect our

Land Trust Report Spring 2020

By |2020-05-31T11:07:56-04:00May 1st, 2020|Newsletter 2020|

Land Trust Report Spring 2020 by Bob Miller View of Fishers Island Sound from Chocomount Cove Sanctuary Trail. Although many of the Museum’s functions have been cancelled or curtailed due to the coronavirus, use of the trails and properties of the Land Trust has increased dramatically as people have sought activities consistent

Newsletter 2020: From the President

By |2020-05-31T11:07:48-04:00May 1st, 2020|Newsletter 2020|

Elizabeth McCance From the President Despite the calamity that is Covid-19 befalling us, spring has arrived. Daffodils and tulips are in bloom, birds are cacophonously chirping at dawn, and once again I feel that deep internal yearning to shed the layers of winter hibernation and get outside. When these signs appear, I

Nature Notes: North American River Otter

By |2020-04-14T19:23:42-04:00June 5th, 2019|Nature Notes, Newsletter 2019|

Photo by Tom Koerner/USFWS. (Lontra canadensis) by Terry McNamara The sight of a group, or “romp,” of otters crossing the bank of a pond with their playful, loping gait can’t fail to elicit a smile. Sleek and weasel-like, these carnivorous mammals have rich brown fur and grow to between three and four feet

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Land Trust Volunteers Needed

By |2020-04-16T21:24:32-04:00June 5th, 2019|Land Trust, Newsletter, Newsletter 2019|

Bench overlooking swamp on Chocomount Trail. The Museum’s Land Trust has miles of nature trails that need to be kept clear and passable. A relatively small group of board members and volunteers tackle this herculean project in all seasons, seeking to maintain the level of clearing we attain collectively during our annual Thanksgiving group effort. Please consider contributing

Fishers Island Seagrass Management

By |2020-09-27T09:04:57-04:00June 5th, 2019|Newsletter, Newsletter 2019|

Eelgrass dampening wave action, Barley Field Cove, F.I. Photo: Coalition Update (June 2019) Fishers Island may be relatively quiet over the winter months, but the Fishers Island Seagrass Management (FISM) Coalition has kept busy continuing its work to establish a co-management process for the Island’s seagrass meadows with the island community and

Battery Wooster, former site of two 8-inch disappearing guns, Fort Mansfield, Napatree Point, R.I. , circa 2011. Photo by John Leuba.


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