Entries by Betty Ann Rubinow

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Painted Lady Butterfly Observed

These quiet days of September are perfect for learning more about butterflies. Find a bench warmed by the sun within native meadows across from Silver Eel Cove, and you’re bound to see just how “social” these brilliantly colored insects are, flitting from one flower to the next. This painted lady butterfly is one of the most ubiquitous butterflies in the world.

Alexa Rosenberg Goldfinches on FI

The goldfinch can be identified by its vibrant yellow plumage accented by bold black streaks. These birds are common and can be seen in a variety of places on Fishers Island. Locations of sightings include, but are not limited to, the Parade Grounds, South Beach, Dock Beach and the Ferry Dock. Their diet consists mainly […]


Monarch on Thorny Thistle

As evening light overshadows and cricket’s echo dims– See beams of setting sunshine pass though butterfly wings. And feel breeze–fly above and beyond wispy meadow grasses. *Parade Grounds, Fishers Island From the Field, Field Note by Justine Kibbe, Sept. 4, 2019

As Requested: Fishers Island Seed Mix

There have been numerous requests for “Fishers Island Seed Mix” used in FIConservancy’s grassland restoration project on the Parade Grounds and adjacent to South Beach and Elizabeth Airport. The seeds can be purchased at Ernst Conservation Seeds, the largest native seed producer and supplier in the eastern United States.