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Fall Events at Mashomack Preserve

MASHOMACK PRESERVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE
79 So. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Note: All programs: need pre-registration, are free to members or $5 for non-members (unless noted). For more information, call our office (631) 749-1001 or email us at mashomackpreserve@tnc.org.

SEPTEMBER

September StoryWalk®: Bird, Butterfly, Eel by James Prosek
Barn swallows, monarchs and American eels all migrate south at this time of year. Explore their journey in this beautifully illustrated book. Come for a short, self-guided half-mile hike and read a story as you go!

What is a StoryWalk®? A StoryWalk® invites you to read a page, walk a bit, then read the next. A great way to combine getting outdoors and reading! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Each of Mashomack’s StoryWalk®s will be in place along our Red Trail for the designated month.

Beach Clean Up Day
Saturday, September 14, 9-11 a.m.
You can make a difference! Join in the annual international coastal cleanup effort which clears and categorizes the various marine debris found on our beaches. Help prevent seaturtles, seals and birds from being injured by trash while beautifying our coastline. Community service hours available.
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

Mashomack Point Paddle
Saturday, September 28, 9-noon
Mashomack Point has a beautiful winding salt marsh, which is a joy to explore by self-powered boats. We will use both canoes and kayaks to investigate this waterway of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge. Kayaks are $45 and canoes are $30 per person. Includes all equipment. Rain/wind date Sunday, September 29, 9 a.m.
Note: This program is open to adults and children ages 12 and up.

OCTOBER

October StoryWalk®: Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
Fletcher the fox is worried when his favorite tree begins to turn brown. Can he save his friend from losing all its leaves? Come for a short self-guided half-mile hike and read a story as you go!

What is a StoryWalk®? A StoryWalk® invites you to read a page, walk a bit, then read the next. A great way to combine getting outdoors and reading! The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Each of Mashomack’s StoryWalk®s will be in place along our Red Trail for the designated month.

Scallops, Clams and Oysters: Helping to Save the Bays
Saturday, October 12, 10-11:30 a.m.
Did you know that Mashomack has raised 3.5 million shellfish in its creeks over the past ten years? Join Mike Laspia, Preserve Director, for a hands-on look at the role Mashomack plays in the re-introduction of shellfish into the Peconic Bay system. View live clams, oysters and scallops, and find how their filtering abilities help stabilize the whole marine foodweb.
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

Owl Prowl
Sunday, October 20, 5:30-7 p.m.
Owls are most vocal and active at sundown. Come learn about these storied birds and have a chance to hear and possibly see screech owls. What could be better for the Halloween time of year? Join Tom Damiani on this search for nocturnal creatures. Bring binoculars and a flashlight.
Note: This program is open to adults and children ages 12 and up.

Family Fun: Nature’s Halloween Trail
Saturday, October 26, 5-6:30 p.m.
Who will be in the woods this year? Mashomack’s band of costumed characters changes every year, and each has fun facts to share. Our theme is night creatures and “scary” natural phenomenon. Arrive anytime 5 - 6:30 p.m., allowing about 30 minutes to complete the trail. Bring a flashlight. Light refreshments following walk. Rain or shine.
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

NOVEMBER

Major’s Harbor Beach and Forest Walk
Saturday, November 9, 10 -11:30 a.m.
The normally off-limits Major’s Harbor shoreline and adjoining forest are a great place to see autumn’s splendor. Goldenrod and other late fall flowers, nuts, berries and foliage are all likely to Mashomack Point Paddle be seen.
Note: This program is open to adults and children ages 12 and up.

Endangered Species: A Live Animal Presentation
Saturday, November 30, noon - 1 p.m.
A Thanksgiving weekend treat for the whole family! Which species are becoming harder to find? Why should we care? What does it have to do with me? Come be entertained by Bill Fix of the Regional Wildlife Center and his live animals while answering these important questions. Rain or shine.
Note: This event is appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

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