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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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

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

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

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

ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2021

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

Fishers Island, Naturally

NOW OPEN

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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