The Gray Catbird is typical of migratory birds that prefer the fruits of native plants, despite invasive plants dominating fruit availability in late-autumn. The Gray Catbird was among 45 species sighted in the 2019 Migratory Bird Count on Fishers Island. Ann Stinely photo for the Manomet Team Newsletter.

Toxic spoils from the bottom of the Thames River will likely be dumped less than three miles off the northwest coast of Fishers Island to make way for a new class of ballistic missile submarines to be built at Electric Boat in Groton, Conn. FIConservancy has voiced strong objections to the location of the dumping.

Become a First Responder! Please join us for a FREE 2-hour training at the Fishers Island Community Center, Saturday, December 14 from 1-3pm! First responders are vital to Mystic Aquarium’s Animal Rescue Program. The initial response helps to determine the status of an animal and helps them prepare for action when necessary. Learn about federal […]

A powerful east coast storm Nov. 1 paved the way for spectacular weather on Fishers Island, and a stroll though the Demonstration Garden proved that FIConservancy’s native plant initiative is alive and well!

Dianne Crary in October reported the presence of “a lot” of invasive Asian jumping worms on her property along Equestrian Road. These worms quickly devour fallen leaves and other organic material, destroying nutrients vital for the survival of trees.

Justine Kibbe, Island Naturalist

For the past seven years, Justine Kibbe has lived on Fishers Island, most of that time as FIConservancy’s naturalist. We say a fond farewell to Justine this October as she leaves Fishers Island. Through photos, videos and the written word, Justine has recorded nature as it unfolds on Fishers Island, season by season. She has been FIConservancy’s treasure. […]

According to research published online in September by the journal Science, the breeding population of birds in the U.S. and Canada has dropped nearly 30% since 1970.

Although the 2019 Fall Migratory Bird Count began under an overcast sky, thick with clouds and fog, birders observed a total of 45 species for this year’s survey, which fell within the range of average for past counts in the fall. The number of individuals observed, however, was far below average: Most species (39 of 45) encountered were represented by only one or two birds.