According to Brett Molina in a USA Today article published February 12, 2019:
“More than 40 percent of the world’s insect species could go extinct over the next several decades leading to “catastrophic” results for the planet’s various ecosystems, a new study says.”

The study referred to was published in the peer-reviewed journal Biological Conservation. Highlights from the study abstract are:

  • Over 40% of insect species are threatened with extinction.
  • Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera and dung beetles (Coleoptera) are the taxa most affected.
  • Four aquatic taxa are imperiled and have already lost a large proportion of species.
  • Habitat loss by conversion to intensive agriculture is the main driver of the declines.
  • Agro-chemical pollutants, invasive species and climate change are additional causes.


The loss of the native insects will have dire consequences for the rest of the life chain. For those who may have missed this article. We are not alone. And we are fighting the right conservation battle. According to Matt McGrath, Environment correspondent at BBC news “Global insect decline may see ‘plague of pests'”. . .

FIConservancy has installed a new maintenance shed behind the Movie Theater.

Barred Owl.  Bill Colman Photo

Bill Colman and his family of six were driving west on Crescent Avenue heading to Thanksgiving (2018) dinner at the home of his in-laws, the Meyers. They had just passed the electric station, when his wife, Jenny, insisted that they stop and back up the car.

“It was very cold and windy, with 20-30-mph winds, but Jenny noticed the owl on the north side of the road and demanded that we back up. And there it was. A barred owl! It appeared that he was in the tree taking shelter from the wind or just didn’t want to fly under those conditions,” Dr. Colman said.

“In any case, he was more than willing to have his photo taken and didn’t seem scared at all. I couldn’t get to my Nikon fast enough, so used the iPhone to take the shots.”

Dr. Colman and his son Tommy took the dramatic “Red-tailed Hawk vs. Mink” photos that appeared on this website in August, 2018.



Arctic cold

Right now in Silver Eel Cove, Fishers Island
3 degrees, NW26 G38, windchill -20 degrees


From the Field, Video Snippet, Justine Kibbe, Jan. 21, 2019

moon lunar eclipse

moon lunar eclipse

West End, Fishers Island

*see you again in 2021

From the Field, Field Note, Justine Kibbe, Jan. 20, 2019

blue moon

blue moonSuper Blood Wolf Moon

Total lunar eclipse starring: SUPER BLOOD WOLF MOON

Winter skies are the “happening place” this Saturday (1/19/19) 10:10 p.m. thru Sunday (1/20/19) 2:15 a.m. EST.

You’ll recognize the Super Moon by its size (truly closest to earth!) and by its reddish hues produced by shadow. By all means—something to howl about!

*blue moon over Parade Grounds, Fishers Island 7/31/15

From the Field, Field Note, Justine Kibbe, Jan. 18, 2019

msn news (AP) November 20, 2018

The discovery of 13 pounds of plastic waste in the stomach of a dead whale washed ashore in Indonesia should raise public awareness about need to reduce plastic use. Read Story. . .

Carolina chickadees by Desiree Narango
Carolina chickadees by Desiree Narango

Carolina chickadees photo courtesy of Desirée Narango

A Must Read!

This wonderfully “timely” article mentions Dr. Doug Tallamy, founder of “Neighborhood Nestwatch” and whose collaborative research with Fishers Island Conservancy has been monumental for land preservation here these past years. . .

Ecologists Have this Simple Request to Homeowners — Plant Native

A new study shows how quickly songbird populations fall off when gardens are planted with exotic trees and shrubs

By Adam Cohen
October 31, 2018

They say the early bird catches the worm. For native songbirds in suburban backyards, however, finding enough food to feed a family is often impossible. READ MORE . . .

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.

adult spotted lanternfly

This is a new invasive insect that should be collected, killed, and reported if seen.