Newsletter 2019

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

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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

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New Trail Guide

By |2020-05-16T13:38:23-04:00June 5th, 2019|Newsletter, Newsletter 2019|

An updated Trail Guide will be published in time for this summer season that provides individual maps and descriptive text for each of 10 Museum Land Trust trails. The Guide was first published in 1995 and republished with revisions in the early 2000s. The acquisition of new Land Trust properties, plus the creation of several

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Four Ospreys on OspreyCam Nest, May 2019

By |2020-05-16T13:47:13-04:00June 5th, 2019|Newsletter, Newsletter 2019|

A struggle for occupancy of the OspreyCam nest east of the driving range broke out on May 7th. At first three ospreys were involved, then four. According to ornithologist Rob Bierregaard, these “nest in turmoil” (a.k.a. “nit”) scenarios some-times stem from one of the paired mates

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Island History: Pirates in Our Region

By |2020-05-16T13:56:52-04:00June 5th, 2019|Island History, Newsletter, Newsletter 2019|

Island History: Pirates in Our Region by Pierce Rafferty On Block Island On July 12, 1690, the residents of Block Island were alarmed when a small fleet—consisting of one bark, one ketch, two sloops and smaller craft—appeared off their coast. Although the vessels were flying English colors, there was no certainty of their allegiance to

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A Grant for Today and Tomorrow

By |2020-05-22T15:05:10-04:00June 5th, 2019|Gifts, Newsletter, Newsletter 2019|

In December 2017, the Museum received a generous five-year grant from the Jeanann Gray Dunlap Foundation to make the Museum’s collections more interactive and accessible for its members and visitors. In 2018, the first year of the grant, the Museum chose several thousand images and hundreds of historical documents from our archives that were

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From the President

By |2020-05-16T13:33:39-04:00June 4th, 2019|Newsletter, Newsletter 2019|

The muddy paw prints running across my kitchen floor are a sure indication that spring has arrived. The Museum has been just as active in preparing for a great summer season as my dog has been in the spring puddles. I am very pleased to announce that over the winter, the Museum has hired two fantastic

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Land Trust Report 2018-Spring 2019

By |2020-04-16T21:22:19-04:00June 4th, 2019|Land Trust, Newsletter, Newsletter 2019|

by Bob Miller We are delighted that Jack Schneider has become our Land Trust Stewardship Coordinator. Jack came to us early this year with a wealth of experience in planning, project management, budgeting, fundraising, and communications. He was animal curator at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, Mystic Aquarium, and The Oklahoma City Zoo. As director

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F.I. Sketchbook 2005


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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