FIConservancy’s 2019 Spring Migratory Bird Count took place Sun. May 19 under sunny skies. Eleven participants traveled the Island from end to end, noting 55 species, which matches 2018’s record. Justine Kibbe Photo

I’ve never seen anything like it! An actual blue jay migration! It all started Saturday May 11 at 10:45 a.m. Just a trickle at first, bright and bold Blue jays coursing over Silver Eel Cove. Then a steady stream of at least 40 noisy migrants flooded into the woods.

5pm at the FI Theatre, Q&A to follow documentary by award-winning filmmakers Kristi Jacobson and Roger Ross Williams that celebrates Harbor School students and captures their discoveries, setbacks, and victories in helping to restore oyster reefs to NY Harbor.

It took half an hour of scurrying around her “scrape” (nest) for this piping plover to finally settle down, because five killdeer were being territorial. There are fewer than 2000 pairs of this “threatened” species on the Atlantic Coast.

A rare sighting on Fishers Island: the veery, a small North American thrush. FIConservancy naturalist Justine Kibbe caught this image of the veery, May 3, when it hopped toward her near Silver Eel Pond.

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.

The Fishers Island Fire Department (FIFD) conducted a successful controlled burn on selected sections of the Parade Grounds and Elizabeth Airport March 26. FIConservancy relies on FIFD volunteers to coordinate their ongoing training with annual prescribed burns necessary to maintain a healthy natural habitat. (Jane T. Ahrens reporting and photo)

The Fishers Island Conservancy in February awarded Fishers Island School senior Nicolas Hall, “The Edwin Horning Research Grant for Environmental Conservation” to study the effect of acidifying sea water on the soft shells of oysters.