Nature Conservancy / Mashomack Preserve: April & May Schedule

April & May 2018 – Events and Activities at Mashomack Preserve

Photo by Jim Colligan

All programs require pre-registration. Contact the Mashomack Preserve office at  631-749-4219 or email; for reservations, meeting place, further information or membership. Reservations currently being taken.

Mashomack Preserve’s Environmental Education Program sign up is:

Monday, April 23rd at 9:00AM. Call 631-749-4219 to register for your choice of sessions:

June 25 – 28, July 9 – 12 and August 13 – 16


Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods – April

When the Shadbush Blooms  by Carla Messinger with Susan Katz.

Come for a self-guided half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Illustrated by striking paintings, this gentle story follows two Native American girls from different times –nearly four hundred years apart – as they each describe their family’s lives through the seasons.


Timberdoodles and Bogsuckers: Romance in the Fields

Saturday, April 7, 7-8:30 PM

Springtime signals the beginning of breeding season for many animals. We will carpool and head to the fields for a chance to see browsing deer, a soft sunset, and 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.


Earth Day Celebration


Saturday , April 21, 10-noon AM

Mark your calendars for a chance to celebrate and give back to the Earth! We will combine exploring a few special places of Mashomack with a hands-on project to help protect the land and waters around us.


Birding for Beginners

Sunday , April 29, 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 Book-in-the-Woods – May

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go – a perfect family nature adventure! While out exploring, Liam discovers a hidden garden and decides to take care of it.  Will he be able to transform a gray city into a green world? 


Visitor Center Volunteer Orientation

Saturday, May 5th, 1-2 PM

The Mashomack Visitor Center relies on volunteer to help us staff our information center and small museum.  If you like talking with people and sharing local nature knowledge we could use your help!  Come to this session to find out more, or call 631-749-4219 to talk to Tom Damiani.  Training provided. 


Get in on the Best birding of the Year!

“May–Gration” Bird Walks

Sundays, May 6th, 20th and 27th, 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.


Birds and Breakfast – Rise and Shine!

Sunday, May 12, 6-9 AM

Our annual early morning bird watch and breakfast is an eye and ear-opener. We will break into teams, each led by an expert birder, for a friendly competition to identify the most birds.  The morning will culminate over a delicious breakfast in the Manor House. This special event is $35 for guided walk and breakfast. Limited number of Friday night accommodations in the Manor House available for TNC members at $135/person.  Bring binoculars.


Membership Open House & Hauling a Seine

Sunday, May 27, 4-7 PM

Please join us on the lawn of the Bass Creek Cottage at Mashomack with your family, friends and neighbors to celebrate the arrival of another summer. Come learn about our wildlife, nature programs, guided hikes, research projects, and how to become a member. You may also celebrate the East End’s traditional seafaring heritage by helping to pull a 300’ haul seine (fishing net).  Striped bass, bluefish, porgies and several species of crab may be caught. Insect repellant suggested.


Mashomack Preserve
79 South Ferry Rd
PO Box 850
Shelter Island, NY 11964 



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