The History of Farming on Fishers Island

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HLFM Director Pierce Rafferty will host an encore virtual screening of his recorded illustrated talk. This fascinating all-but-forgotten history includes a visit to the Fishers Island Oyster Farm, the last surviving farm on Fishers Island. No Advance Registration Required.

Season of the Osprey

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The Connecticut Audubon Society Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center will be hosting a virtual talk with filmmaker Jacob Steinberg, Connecticut native and wildlife cinematographer who produced and directed “Season of the Osprey," a film about the cycle of the lives of the osprey, shot in the marshes of Old Lyme and Greenwich over a period of seven years.

Turtles of Fishers Island and the Surrounding Region

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY

Illustrated talk by Kim Hargrave on the lives and habitats of turtles who live on land and in the waters of Fishers Island and nearby environs.

Forty Years of Oyster Farming on Fishers Island

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY

Illustrated lecture by Steve Malinowski. Steve's talk will highlight the day-to-day operations of the thriving family-owned and managed farm that he co-founded in 1981 with his wife, Sarah Malinowski.

BENEFIT PREMIERE: The History of Race Rock Light

Fishers Island Theater

Join us at the Theater to learn how a lighthouse came to be erected in the 1870s on a dangerous submerged ledge amidst some of the most unpredictable and swiftest moving tides on the East Coast. Reception immediately following.

Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY

Illustrated talk by Ben Shattuck about his journey to retrace Thoreau’s path through the Cape’s outer beaches, from the elbow to Provincetown’s fingertip. Q&A and Book signing to follow.

The Napatree Point Conservation Area: Past, Present & Future

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY

Illustrated talk by Peter V. August and Grant G. Simmons III, The Watch Hill Conservancy. Stewardship of the 86-acre preserve is an ever-changing challenge. We will review the scientific monitoring we are doing at present to guide our future stewardship and management programs.

Seagrass and Society – Underwater Plants as a Critical Resource

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY

Illustrated talk by Jamie Vaudrey, Ph.D. on Seagrass, the ribbon-like plant found rooted underwater along Fishers Island’s coasts that is a vital and vibrant resource for both marine animals and humans.

WATER: The History of Fishers Island’s Supply, Use and Distribution Systems

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY

This illustrated talk by HLFM Director Pierce Rafferty will examine our island’s water sources and chronicle the evolution of our critical water system infrastructure beginning in the 1890s to today. In-person and virtual.

Birds In Winter: Surviving The Most Challenging Season

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY

Virtual and in-person illustrated talk by Roger Pasquier. Learn why we should think about birds in winter during August. Here on Fishers Island and throughout the Northern Hemisphere many birds are already preparing for the most challenging season of the year.

Gulf Stream Perspectives

Henry L. Ferguson Museum 1109 Equestrian Ave, Fishers Island, NY

Illustrated talk by W. Frank Bohlen, physical oceanographer and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Connecticut. The Gulf Stream has for centuries been of interest to navigators, oceanographers and artists. Today, the Stream figures prominently in discussions of climate change. This combination of subjects gives life to a remarkable natural phenomenon.