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Events at Mashomack Preserve

MASHOMACK PRESERVE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

79 So. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, NY 11964

Note: All programs require 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.

Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods Series
Self-guided, come anytime | Mashomack Preserve

Free the Trees!
All Saturdays in February; 6,13, 20 and 27 |10 AM-noon

Come out and remove Asiatic bittersweet, porcelain berry and other smothering vines which can kill trees. Winter is a great time to get out and eradicate invasive vines and other problematic plants. Bring work gloves and come make a difference! No fee, water and snack provided.

Winter Waterfowl Walk
Sunday, February 14 | 7-10 AM

Early morning birdwatchers will search for concentrations of over- wintering waterfowl on surrounding bays, Mashomack’s ponds and creeks. Learn how to identify different species of birds both on the wing and in the water. Hot chocolate provided!

Mashomack Point: A Tour of the Katherine Ordway Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, February 20 | 1-4 PM

Dedicated to a visionary and generous nature lover, Mashomack Point is opened for a guided walk just once a year. This mid-winter hike will allow us to explore this unique area’s woodlands, kettles, and fields, culminating with a breathtaking view of Northwest Harbor. Dress warmly. Raindate, Sunday, February 21, 9 AM-noon.

Leap Day Special
Monday, February 29 | Dawn-Dusk

We will celebrate this extra day by having the preserve open from dawn to dusk. early morning hikers encouraged!

Free the Trees!
All Saturdays in March; 5, 12, 19 and 26 | 10 AM-noon

See February's description.

The Big House: Foundations and Human History in the Meadows
Saturday, March 19 | 1-2:30 PM

Come for a truck tour and short hike to discover the history of Mashomack’s meadows. We will find the foundations of buildings in Miss Annie Nicoll’s “Big House” area and hear the stories of years past and their continuing effect on Mashomack’s land today.

Mashomack's Nestbox Trail and the Eastern Bluebird
Thursday, March 31 | 5:30-7:30 PM

Ever see a live bluebird? How about eggs in a nest, or live baby birds? Come and learn about how Mashomack is bringing bluebirds back to the East End and how you can help the New York State bird. Find out more about the Preserve’s Nestbox Project and see if you would like to become involved – a guaranteed wonderful experience. Refreshments will be served.

Timberdoodles and Bogsuckers: Romance in the Fields
Saturday, April 2 | 6:30-8 PM

Springtime signals the beginning of breeding season for many animals. Join us for an evening in the fields for a chance to see browsing deer, a soft sunset, or the normally timid woodcock
as they engage in their annual mating displays. Learn about the importance of grasslands for many species. Bring binoculars and a flashlight.

Mashomack's "Dirty Dozen"
Saturday, April 9 | 9 AM-noon

Is bittersweet an attractive vine useful for decorative purposes or a scourge? Phragmites, nice to look at in a vase, appears un- welcome in wetlands. Come take a 3-mile walk and learn the identity of the exotic and introduced plants which pose a threat to our native flora, the ecological and economic impacts of invasives and what The Nature Conservancy is doing to control these species.

Take Action on Earth!
Saturday, April 23 | 10 AM-noon 

Celebrate Earth Day by grabbing a pair of work gloves and doing some hands-on work at Mashomack! We hope to wood chip areas of our most-used trails to help prevent erosion and soil compaction. Help protect tree roots and reduce runoff. Community service hours documentation available. Bring work gloves.

Birding for Beginners
Sunday, April 24 | 8-10 AM

Know the difference between cardinals and blue jays, but not much else? Like the outdoors and enjoy learning new things? Come learn the basics of birding- how to focus binoculars, use
a bird guide and gather clues to identify birds. Mashomack’s Tom Damiani will lead this walk designed for people who are looking for beginning tips, or who want to improve their current knowledge. Please bring binoculars.

May-gration Bird Walk
All Sundays in May; 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 | 7-9 AM

Get in on the best birding of the year! Warblers in their color-
ful breeding plumage, as well as other long distance travelers use Mashomack as a critical resting and refueling stop. These neo- tropical migrants are in decline. Come see these disappearing birds and learn how you can help stop their demise. We’ll identify by sight and by ear and document all the birds which are seen and heard. All birding levels welcome, bring binoculars.

After School Nature: Grow As We Go

Wednesday, May 18 | 3-4:30 PM

Trees are leafing, birds are flying, nature is bursting forth! Many things are changing as spring warms up, and we will learn about frogs and butterflies and their life cycles. We’ll take a short hike, do a fun craft and make a fun snack too! Ages 4 & up.

Dogwoods and Bass Creek Cottage

Saturday, May 21 | 10 AM-noon

Always wanted to see the far end of the Green Trail, but never had the time or stamina? We’ll start this hike at the Manor House and walk the 1.5 mile loop of the far reaches of the Green Trail. Come experience blooming dogwoods, great views of Bass Creek and the beautiful “back road” through Mashomack’s hills.

Family Fun: Hauling a Seine

Saturday, May 28 | 7-8:30 PM

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 even 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.

 

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