Nature Notes: Invasive Crabs on Fishers Island

By |2020-05-16T09:44:36-04:00May 24th, 2015|Nature Notes, Newsletter, Newsletter 2015|

by Terry McNamara The crab species most of us are familiar with on Fishers Island is the green crab (Carcinus maenas). On the docks on the Fishers Island Sound side of the island, countless crabs have been hauled from the water with drop lines by youngsters. On the south side of the island these crabs

“Tagged” Osprey Update ~ Spring 2015

By |2020-05-29T12:50:02-04:00May 24th, 2015|Newsletter, Newsletter 2015|

by Beth Jepsen Charlie’s trip south to Colombia last fall (right) and his looped return north (left). Charlie Tracking Charlie spent his winter around lakes in the northwestern Bolivar region of Colombia. On March 18 he began his migration north by heading south to Cordoba, Colombia, before turning west and then northwest up

Island History: Paths Not Taken

By |2020-05-16T09:47:47-04:00May 24th, 2015|Island History, Newsletter, Newsletter 2015|

by Pierce Rafferty Of all the decades in Fishers Island’s storied history, there are few whose outcome was as unpredictable as the 1870s. The sudden death in 1871 of Fishers Island’s owner, Robert Ralston Fox, derailed his ambitious farm operation and exposed the island to wildly divergent development plans. Robert R. Fox, a wealthy

Edwin Horning’s Extensive Bird Data to be Uploaded to eBird

By |2020-05-29T12:47:20-04:00May 24th, 2015|Natural History, Newsletter, Newsletter 2015|

Ed Horning in front of the second Museum, c.1997. Photo by Ethan Kibbe. Edwin Horning’s Extensive Bird Data to be Uploaded to eBird by John Sepenoski My involvement in the Ed Horning Journals Project can be traced back to the Town of Southold appointing me as the Town’s representative to an Audubon

2015 Newsletter: From the President

By |2020-05-16T09:23:25-04:00May 23rd, 2015|Newsletter, Newsletter 2015|

Wilderness Dairy, circa 1890s, from exhibition “History of Farming on Fishers Island.” Museum Collection. In my first letter as president, I want to begin by remembering Penni Sharp and all that she did for our Museum. As our president since 2003, Penni provided quiet but confident leadership in all her initiatives. She educated

A New President and Changes to the HLFM Board of Trustees

By |2020-05-16T09:27:58-04:00May 23rd, 2015|Newsletter, Newsletter 2015|

Elizabeth McCance Elected President The Museum’s Board of Trustees announced on December 23, 2014, that Elizabeth McCance had been unanimously elected as the president of the Museum, effective immediately. She graciously accepted her new position. Elizabeth joined the H.L.F. Museum board in 2006. She has served on various committees including heading the leadership gifts

Penelope Chester Sharp (1938-2014)

By |2020-05-16T09:33:22-04:00May 23rd, 2015|Newsletter, Newsletter 2015|

Penni Sharp. Courtesy of Genie Trevor. The following remembrance was read at the Memorial Service for Penelope “Penni” Sharp, held at the First Congregational Church, Guilford, Connecticut, 11:00 a.m., April 18, 2015. My name is Pierce Rafferty. I am the director of the Henry L. Ferguson Museum, Fishers Island, NY, where Penni


Young Eastern Painted Turtle on lily pad, the Peninsula, Darby’s Cove
Photograph by Terry McNamara

Fishers Island, Naturally


This year’s Annual Exhibition, complemented by two special exhibitions, celebrates the natural history of Fishers Island, primarily through the lens of contemporary photography, with a focus on both habitats and the diverse species that utilize and/or occupy them.

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