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


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.

Enter Virtual Exhibit

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