These quiet days of September are perfect for learning more about butterflies. Find a bench warmed by the sun within native meadows across from Silver Eel Cove, and you’re bound to see just how “social” these brilliantly colored insects are, flitting from one flower to the next. This painted lady butterfly is one of the most ubiquitous butterflies in the world.
For many diverse species of shorebirds, Fishers Island has become the best “next stop” for fall migration, with tepid tidal pools, thick salted wrack lines and sand dunes buffered with tall beach grass. Birds returning to this ideal habitat feed, rest and recover morning, noon and night.
Mark your calendars for the 2019 Fall Migration Bird Count Sept. 22, 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Meet at the Island Community Center. Bring binoculars.
The Common Buckeye Butterfly is another beautiful pollinator, in addition to the Monarch Butterfly, drawn to goldenrod in late summer.
There have been numerous requests for “Fishers Island Seed Mix” used in FIConservancy’s grassland restoration project on the Parade Grounds and adjacent to South Beach and Elizabeth Airport. The seeds can be purchased at Ernst Conservation Seeds, the largest native seed producer and supplier in the eastern United States.
FIConservancy has purchased two filtered water filling stations in an effort to help Island residents and guests reduce the use of bottled water.
There is a golden haze over parts of the meadows in FIConservancy’s restored grasslands. The Parade Grounds are filled with yellow goldenrod and purple ironweed, both preferred plants of the monarch butterfly in its pollinating stage.
FIConservancy in August received an unexpected gift of $50,000 in memory of John H. Thatcher, Jr., a key founder and longtime president of the Fishers Island Conservancy.