5pm at the FI Theatre
Q&A to follow the film
Film Running Time: 39 min.

Directed by Emmy-award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson & Roger Ross Williams, the documentary film Take Back The Harbor celebrates Harbor School students and captures their discoveries, setbacks, and victories in helping to restore oyster reefs to NY Harbor.

“To me, the only way to have hope in restoring the harbor and really the planet as a whole is to make hope. Nothing is going to happen unless someone does it. And that someone else might as well be me.”
—Harbor School student Nicholas

“In 2002, we decided to start this school. There’s an art school in New York, there’s finance, there’s sports schools, there’s every kind of public school, but there’s not a school about New York Harbor,” explains Murray Fisher, the creator of the New York Harbor School and Billion Oyster Project. He along with Pete Malinowski started Billion Oyster Project with the hope to restore oyster reefs to New York Harbor through public education initiatives. Oysters are good for the harbor because they filter gallons and gallons of pollutants. Billion Oysters Project’s long-term goal is to restore one billion oysters to the New York Harbor by 2035. “Planting a billion oysters in New York Harbor does seem so big and so impossible,” says Fisher. “But we wanted to build a movement.”

 

The 2019 Spring Migration Bird Count will be Sun. May 19 at 8 a.m. Meet at the Community Center. First, however, come to the Parade Grounds Sat. May 18 at 3 p.m. for a brief tour and a tutorial by the experts on the best way to count birds.

Healthy Seagrass Meadows by Justine Kibbe

Healthy Seagrass Meadows by Justine Kibbe

These years I have been grateful for the opportunity to document and help bring attention to Seagrass Meadows surrounding our precious Fishers Island. Growing up here, I never imagined decades later there would be a dire need for Community to actively help restore, preserve and sustain this unique critical habitat.

*low tide, Hungry Point

From the Field, Field Note by Justine Kibbe, Oct. 18, 2018

 


There will be a Fishers Island Seagrass Management Meeting Tues Oct. 23rd in the Museum 1:30-4:00. All are welcome.

Guest speakers, Matias Tong, Data Technician, and Stephen Lloyd, Sr. Spatial Analyst/GIS Manager – both with the TNC – will present their analyses and results of the boating and eelgrass surveys conducted around Fishers Island last year. NYSDEC representative, Vicky O’Neill, will also attend.

nature days

Conservation on Parade

FIConservancy’s Nature Days is back! This year, enjoy a Free Family Event Sat. Aug. 11, 3-6 p.m. at the Parade Grounds. Enter through the Demonstration Garden.

Learn about local wildlife through hands-on discovery. Have an up-close visit with a bird of prey, touch turtles and snakes, meet frogs, see and touch feathers, furs and many other natural items.

Don’t miss the ice cream truck, and stop by for wine, beer and lemonade.

 

 

Sunset on the Beach

Join us for a celebration of Fishers Island’s natural resources!

Saturday July 21st, 2018

6-8 pm on the Big Club Beach

Open Bar, Hors d’oeuvres, Raw Bar and Raffle Drawing.

“Cash Only” raffle – Bring your small bills!

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NOTE: The FI Conservancy has a passionate and motivated team this year working on beach and marine debris clean up. We have spent the last two years turning this program into a year round initiative, collecting and disposing of debris in all public recreational areas, roads, habitats, etc. This program is imperative to the future and preservation of our shorelines and natural beauty that continues to amaze us here on Fishers Island. There are some areas we may have to access alongside properties and/or parking nearby.

Please contact Kristen Peterson at kmpfic@gmail.com for more information or how to get involved!

Audubon Greenwich is hosting a native plant sale May 19-20 at 613 Riversville Rd, Greenwich, CT.

Pre-orders are recommended as not all plants on the list will be available the day of the sale. All plant orders MUST be received by MAY 10 and can be picked up May 19-20. Native plant enthusiasts are also welcome to choose from available stock on the days of the plant sale.

Bird Count birders

FIConservancy’s annual Spring Migration Bird Count will be Sunday May 6.

First, however, come to the Parade Grounds Sat. May 5 at 3 p.m. for a brief tour and a tutorial by the experts on the best way to count birds. The University of Delaware team of Adam Mitchell, Emily Baisden and Will Aleida will lead the bird count and be available to answer all questions about migratory birds.

FIConservancy President Tom Sargent and his wife Allison will host a reception at their house Sat. May 5 at 6:30 p.m. for all those participating in the Spring Migration Bird Count and for anyone else interested in meeting the University of Delaware experts.

The Spring Migration Bird Count begins Sun. May 6 at 8 a.m. Meet at the Community Center and bring your binoculars!

 

Swallows

Come join a lead team of expert birders from University of Delaware take tally of bird species from several point-to-point spots west end to east end. Learn even to recognize unique calls of each species, bring binoculars and we’ll all see what the migration survey says!

TIME: Sunday Sept 24th @ 8am

LOCATION: Meeting at the Community Center

Nature Days

Join us for a week of conservation and preservation activities including music, tours, movie screenings, round table discussions, paint & sip, field lessons with experts and much more!

Learn, Help, Great Family Fun!

Wednesday August 9

9am: Oyster Farm Tour: Includes Pond and Hatchery (16 or Older)
10am: Island Naturalist Exploration: Justine Kibbe will be taking a group on an adventure in the Sanctuary of Sands. Ages 8-12 with or without an adult to meet at the corner of Airport Rd. (Limited space)

4pm: Round Table with Chris Finan and the Utlity Co. Let’s talk water!

7pm: Movie Screening: A Plastic Ocean

Thursday August 10

10am Recreational Path Tour: Start your morning exploring the path with guide Alex Williams, learning the differences between native and invasive vegetation. Meet at 9:45am at the Ballfield to carpool to the Gatehouse.

2pm: Pond Life: Hosted by the Dennison Pequot Museum: We’ll explore the pond, with dip nets and buckets, collecting and observing the local ponds of Fishers Island. Discover unique species of pond life including fish, frogs, and aquatic insects. Children under 6 accompanied by an adult.

6pm: Paint & Sip: Explore your inner artists while sharing a laugh with friends as you transform a blank canvas into a beautiful nature scene. Painting supplies included. BYOB at Community Center, art room upstairs. (Limited space)

7pm: Movie Screening: Ocean Warriors with Katie Carpenter & Crew

Friday August 11

9am-12pm: Beach and Marine Debris Clean Up: Come and help out! Prizes awarded for most collected and heaviest haul. Photo by Justine Kibbe

1pm: The Importance of Eelgrass: Soren Dahl from Long Island Nature Conservancy will be sharing the importance of eelgrass, and why its conservation is so imperative, especially along Fishers Island’s coast. Community Center, upstairs in big meeting room.

2pm: Symmetry in Nature: Hosted by the Dennison Pequot Museum there are patterns in nature! Meet live animals and take a nature hike through the Demonstration Garden focusing on symmetry found right in our own backyard.

5pm Plum Island Talk and Aerial Presentation: Presented by Louise Harrison from Save the Sound will be giving a talk on the island; see it all from a different angle and learn it’s past and future.

7pm: Movie Screening: Chasing Coral, an epic adventure to capture our changing oceans
Saturday August 12

9am-12pm: IPP Craft Fair: Come visit our table for t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and Naturalist photo greetings cards. FIC Hosts vocalist Maria Sangiola: Enjoy an uplifting musical performance, boasting of nature’s gifts and beauty.

11am: Prof. Doug Tallamy Parade Ground Tour: Stroll through the parade grounds with acclaimed University of Delaware professor, Doug Tallamy. (Meet at sign board entrance.)

4pm: Meet Prof. Doug Tallamy and Adam Mitchell at the Community Center for a wine and cheese reception. Learn about the Conservancy’s successful Parade Grounds grassland restoration project, its history, and the healthy ecosystems that have been reinvigorated in this area.

Sunday August 13

11am: Prof. Doug Tallamy Parade Ground Tour: Stroll the Parade Grounds with acclaimed University of Delaware entomologist and author Douglas W. Tallamy, Ph.D. Meet at Sign Board entrance.

**Email Kristen Peterson to sign up for activities or to volunteer at kmpfic@gmail.com. We will also be scheduling private walkabouts with Prof. Tallamy at your residence, times are filling up very quickly so please let us know if this is something you’re interested in.