Walking Paths at Middle Farms: Balancing Recreation and Conservation

By |2023-05-24T10:48:10-04:00May 17th, 2023|Uncategorized|

Walking Paths at Middle Farms: Balancing Recreation and Conservation The paths through the grassland at Middle Farms are the most consistently used of the more than twelve miles of trails we maintain. We have made a number of changes in the paths that we hope strike a good balance between human use and conservation

Comments Off on Walking Paths at Middle Farms: Balancing Recreation and Conservation

Chocomount Cove Property Restoration Station 1

By |2023-05-02T10:38:34-04:00May 2nd, 2023|Uncategorized|

Chocomount Cove Property Restoration Station 1: Area around the large rock at the Entrance to Chocomount Trail Reclaiming a Desert: The conservation value in this area has been compromised by English ivy vines, glossy buckthorn trees and the honeysuckle vines and bushes. The conservation goals are to replace non-native honeysuckles

Comments Off on Chocomount Cove Property Restoration Station 1


By |2023-05-02T10:27:02-04:00May 2nd, 2023|Uncategorized|

Honeysuckle Two species of honeysuckles have been growing in this location. The leggy bush, which is growing closer to the road, is Morrow's honeysuckle. Growing within the interior of this plot, is the vine honeysuckle, which has a paper-like bark and gold and silver flowers. Both are non-native and invasive. However, these honeysuckles

Comments Off on Honeysuckle

Glossy buckthorn

By |2023-05-02T10:27:19-04:00May 2nd, 2023|Uncategorized|

Glossy buckthorn Glossy buckthorn has been growing on Fishers Island for so long that most people think that it is a native - but it isn't. Growing throughout Eurasia and northern Africa, buckthorn was brought to the US during the1800s and planted as an ornamental and windbreak. It is a significant conservation problem.

Comments Off on Glossy buckthorn

English ivy vines

By |2023-06-27T11:20:47-04:00May 2nd, 2023|Uncategorized|

English ivy (Hedera helix) Associated with legacy and prestige, English ivy has become one of the most prominent invasive plants in forests, especially near the coasts. As it has here, this exotic plant forms thick mats of groundcover, known as "ivy deserts", where other plants seem unable to compete. The mat blocks natural

Comments Off on English ivy vines

First osprey egg April 24th

By |2023-04-26T14:31:10-04:00April 26th, 2023|Osprey Blog 2023, Uncategorized|

The female osprey at Middle Farms nest has laid her first egg of the year. Thanks to help from Vicki Rafferty we believe it was shortly after 2 PM on April 24, 2023. During the first day, both osprey took turns tending to the egg and the nest. The video clips below highlight some

Comments Off on First osprey egg April 24th


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.

Subscribe to our e-News

Sign-up to get the latest news and update information. Don't worry, we won't send spam!

Go to Top