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Mashomack Nature Preserve

May Events

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.

StoryWalk®: What Joe Saw by Anna Grossnickle Hines
This cheerful book encourages acceptance of individual differences as it tells the story of “slow poke” Joe who sees things that others miss. Come for a short self-guided half-mile hike and read a story as you go!
Note: This event is most appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

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.

Get in on the best birding of the year!
“Warbler Wave” Walks
Saturday, May 4, 7-9 AM
Friday, May 10, 7-9 AM
May 18, 7-9 AM

May 24, 7-9 AM
Warblers in their colorful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. These neotropical migrants are in decline. Come see these disappearing birds and learn how you can help stop their demise. On select mornings in May we’ll meet at 7 AM, identify by sight and by ear and document all the birds which are seen and heard. All birding levels welcome, bring binoculars.
Note: This event is most appropriate for adults or mature children 12 years +

Birds and Breakfast - Rise and Shine!

Sunday, May 12, 6-10 AM
Our annual early morning birdwatch and breakfast is an eye and ear-opener. We will break into teams, each led by an expert birder, to explore various habitats surrounding the Manor House. Each team will try to identify as many species as possible by both sight and song, with a complete list being compiled at the end of the morning. The friendly competition will culminate over a delicious breakfast in the Manor House. This special event is $20 for guided walk and breakfast. Limited number of overnight accommodations available for TNC members ($75/person for room, walk, and breakfast). Bring binoculars.
Note: This event is most appropriate for adults or mature children 12 years +

After School Nature:  Birds of Spring
Wednesday, May 15, 3-4:30 PM
Do birds of a feather really flock together? Does the early bird really catch the worm? Come learn about our amazing avian friends, learn how to use binoculars and make a healthy snack.
Note: Ages 4 & up are welcome to attend without adult although adults are welcome to attend.

Family Fun: Hauling a Seine
Saturday, May 25, 7-8:30 PM
Visit Mashomack as a full moon rises over the bay! As the weather warms, the waters are coming alive. Come help give a hand pulling in a 300’ haul seine and get a close up look at the creatures and plants that live under the sea! A haul can bring in striped bass, bluefish, porgies, fluke, flounder, and several species of crab. This demonstration of a traditional East End fishing method is appropriate for both children and adults; bring the whole family! A marshmallow roast will follow the haul. Insect repellent suggested.
Note: This event is most appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

Memorial Day Membership Open House
Sunday, May 26, 4-6 PM
The Open House has become a popular “summer opening” event for many Shelter Island folks. Come enjoy a cocktail party on the Manor House lawn, view displays, and learn about Mashomack’s conservation work. Bring friends and neighbors who would like to support the Conservancy and have a great time!

Note: This event is most appropriate for families of all ages, although children are expected to be accompanied by adults.

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