Seamen of Color: Living and Sailing from the Port of New London, 1640-1880

As we celebrate Black History Month, The Henry L. Ferguson Museum and the New London Maritime Society are pleased to co-host Seamen of Color: Living and Sailing from the Port of New London, 1640-1880, an Illustrated Talk by Sandi Brewster-walker, chair and acting executive director of the Long Island Indigenous People Museum & Research Institute.

Fishers Island Ferries Over Time

In this virtual illustrated talk, Museum Director Pierce Rafferty hosts the premier of Fishers Island Ferries Over Time, a video that traces the history of ferry transportation to the island.

The Billion Oyster Project

Pete Malinowski, co-founder and Executive Director of the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), will reveal how they have harnessed the power of oyster to restore and reclaim New York Harbor while educating and engaging New York City’s students and citizens in BOP’s mission and purpose.

Barred Owls

Ornithologist Rob Bierregaard’s illustrated talk focuses on the Barred Owl, the most widespread owl on Fishers Island. Their call is often described as sounding like: “Who cooks for you? Who cooks for you-all?”

Uprooted: A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again

Virtual illustrated lecture by acclaimed garden author Page Dickey. She has been gardening passionately since her early twenties, and writing about gardening, as well as designing gardens for others, for the last three decades. She has written eight books and edited another. Most of her books concentrate on aspects of garden design such as creating gardens that reflect their settings.

Vernal Pools

This illustrated talk by Bruce Fellman, environmental photojournalist, naturalist and teacher, focuses on the variety of amazing life within the temporary wetlands known as vernal pools. Virtual Program + In-person (limited to 35 people)

Bats of Our Region

This VIRTUAL ILLUSTRATED TALK by Kim Hargrave, Education Director of the DPNC, reveals that bats are critical animals to local ecosystems worldwide. An adult program suitable for older, interested children.

Common Loon Restoration Efforts in Southern New England

VIRTUAL ILLUSTRATED TALK by Lucas Savoy of the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI), a non-profit based in Portland, Maine. BRI and their partners have embarked on a multi-year project to restore Common Loons to areas of Southern New England, where loons have been removed from the landscape for more than 100 years.

Rare Species and Natural Communities of Fishers Island

Henry L. Ferguson Museum

An illustrated talk by Matthew Schlesinger, Chief Zoologist, New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP). Matt is leading a team of researchers and scientists conducting a two-year biodiversity survey (2021-2022) of the HLFM‘s Land Trust properties, Matt’s presentation will detail some of their survey techniques and showcase interesting discoveries from the first half of their 2021 field season. This illustrated talk will be both “In-Person” at the Museum and a Virtual Program. Seating is limited for those who wish to attend live.

iNaturalist Workshop with Murray Fisher

Henry L. Ferguson Museum

Join Murray Tuesday, August 17 from 2-3 pm for a workshop about how and why biodiversity matters on Fishers Island, and about how you can help the Fishers Island Biodiversity Project by recording and sharing your observations via the iNaturalist app.

A Most Pivotal Decade: Fishers Island in the 1940s

Henry L. Ferguson Museum

In this illustrated lecture, HLF Museum Director Pierce Rafferty will reveal much that has been forgotten or was never widely known about the 1940s on Fishers Island. IN-PERSON AT THE MOVIE THEATER (AND VIRTUAL)

U-Boats in New England

Henry L. Ferguson Museum

An illustrated talk by maritime historian Eric Wiberg. This illustrated talk will be both “In-Person” at the Museum and a Virtual Program. Seating is limited for those who wish to attend live.

Benefit to Preserve Plum Island

A live and virtual presentation by Save the Sound's New York Natural Areas Coordinator Louise Harrison, co-hosted at the FI Movie Theater by the H.L. Ferguson Museum, the Fishers Island Conservancy, and the Fishers Island Oyster Farm. Followed by a reception for in-person attendees.