Entries by Betty Ann Rubinow

Coyote Peach Buffet

Patty Faulkner took two video clips of a coyote poaching peaches in her West End backyard Aug. 26. That coyote appears well fed compared with the lean animal spotted in the same area in mid-July.

Marine Debris Update Aug. 2019

Marine debris organized for display at FIConservancy’s Aug. 3, “Conservation on Parade”. FIConservancy continues to battle the tide of marine debris and its relentless assault on Fishers Island shores. “By now, we have all seen the impact of marine debris and the importance of helping to sustain shoreline life. Our beach cleanup program is more important […]

Fishers Island First to be Tapped for MPA Watch Pilot Program

MPA (Marine Protected Area) Watch is a San Diego, Cal.-based community science program, where volunteers collect scientific data on coastal and marine resource use and share it with scientists and policy makers. Fishers Island is the first community outside of California to be included in an MPA Watch pilot program launched in August, 2019.

“Boiling” Water in Hay Harbor

The water appears to be “boiling” in front of the Conant home, east of Silver Eel Cove, early in August. “Boiling” water has also been observed off Wilderness Point, with lucky fishermen casting lines close to the disturbance. “Boiling” water is usually caused by a feeding frenzy of larger fish during fall migration, when they […]

What Happened to the Ospreys?

There are no answers. Just questions. The problem is reportedly not widespread, but there are fewer than half the fledgings on Fishers Island in 2019 (15) than there were in 2018 (34).


Post-Sentinel Success!

Olivia Backhaus was the first Island Sentinel, when FIConservancy established the program in 2013, and she spent the next five summers as a Sentinel. This fall, she will attend Georgetown Law in Washington, D.C., studying environmental law.

2019 Sunset on the Beach

A record-breaking heatwave did not deter nearly 450 people who attended FIConservancy’s annual Sunset on the Beach, Sat. July 20, 2019 at the Fishers Island Club Beach Club.