The Nature Conservancy: Mashomack Preserve / March & April



March & April 2018 – Events and Programs

Photo by Jim Colligan

Programs require pre-registration. Unless specifically noted, enjoy our programs for a free-will donation.

Call the Program office at 631-749-4219 to register or for further information or e-mail us at


Mashomack Book-in-the-Woods – March


Mud  by Mary Lyn Ray and Lauren Stringer

Come for a self-guided half-mile walk and read a story as you go! Experience the joy and simple celebration of spring in this mud-luscious and

puddle-wonderful book which celebrates the warming spring, brown earth and new grass.


Mashomack Monthly Volunteer Day

Saturday, March 10, 10-noon

Call to find out what this month’s volunteer project is! Community service hours available.


Off-Trail Woods Walk

Saturday, March 17, 10-noon

Take this unique chance to ramble through the woods! We will travel by truck, then head north off the Blue Trail towards Coecles Harbor. Come see some very large oaks, a huge glacial erratic, visit the back end of Fan Creek and one of our oak forest research blocks.


Bluebirds and Tree Swallows — Nestbox Trail Volunteer Gathering

Saturday, March 24, 4-5:00 PM

Ever see a live bluebird? How about eggs in a nest, or live baby birds? You can by becoming a nestbox volunteer! Come learn about how

Mashomack is bringing bluebirds back to the East End and how you can help the New York State bird.


Blue Moon Walk

Saturday, March 31, 6:30-8:00 PM

The second full moon in a month is called the blue moon, and this is the second blue moon of 2018! Join us for a walk in the Manor House area

along the shores of Sanctuary Pond and through the woods before the leaves emerge.


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, 8-10:00 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 Preserve
79 South Ferry Rd
PO Box 850
Shelter Island, NY 11964


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