July at Mashomack

Trails are open 7 days a week, from dawn to dusk

Extended Summer Hours! The Visitor Center Exhibits are open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 AM – 3 PM

Visitor Center Restrooms open daily 8 AM – 7 PM

Team members in the field learning techniques for small mammal trapping. © Rebecca Kusa/TNC

Conservation Connections

Small but Mighty

In May, Mashomack hosted researchers from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) and other local conservation organizations for three days of small mammal trapping training.  We will use techniques learned in the training, including live trapping and camera trapping, to inventory the small mammals on the preserve. The data that is collected will be shared back with SUNY ESF and will be included in the Department of Environmental Conservation’s statewide effort to inventory the small mammals of New York. During our first round of live trapping on the preserve, 52 mice, 4 voles and 3 shrews were recorded. These trapping efforts will continue through the summer and fall. Data collected will also be used in the Long Island Mammal Survey, helping to fill a 60-year data gap in our knowledge of mammals on Long Island. Interested in helping us continue this research?  From fieldwork to computer work sorting through photos, volunteers like you can help us grow our new baseline for small mammals across Long Island and New York State.

Guests enjoy the festivities on the Manor House lawn during our Celebration Picnic. © Anthony Graziano/TNC

Welcoming Summer at the Preserve

Music filled the air across the Mashomack Manor House lawn as the Peconic County Ramblers and Mashomack team welcomed a multi-generational crowd on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Guests made nature crafts, explored the property with scavenger hunts, tried their hand at corn hole, and joined in hand-seining at Bass Creek all while enjoying their picnics. A cold beverage from Top Hops Half Pint Truck, flying saucers from the Tuck Shop, and  homemade sweets made by Mashomack’s volunteers rounded out the afternoon.
The crowd of nearly 200 learned about Mashomack’s conservation work, education and outreach efforts and community partnership endeavors. Both young and old found enjoyment in learning about the importance of choosing alterNATIVE plants for their home gardens and got to take home some local seedlings of bee balm and hyssop in freshy decorated pots.
With summer  at our doorstep, Mashomack has many more programs scheduled! Join on us on the trail, in the marsh or on a kayak for a day of fun and discovery in nature.  See below for a sample of upcoming programs and stay up-to-date with new ones at nature.org/events. Advanced registration is required for most programs. Call 631-749-4219 or email MashomackPresereve@tnc.org to reserve your spot today!
Living Nature Library for Kids
Date: Every Wednesday in July and August, 3 – 4 PM
The Nature Conservancy’s team at Mashomack is coming together with the Shelter Island Library staff to bring you a summer full of programs. Join us as we learn about awesome animals, terrific trees, fun fungi and much more. We’ll read, walk and craft our way through the exciting natural world around us.
Blue Trail Truck Tour
Date: Sunday, July 14, 4 – 6 PM
Take a 10-mile truck ride to the far reaches of Mashomack’s Blue Trail to see oak forests, meadows, and vernal and coastal ponds. This overview of the preserve will allow you to appreciate the many areas of beauty and layers of conservation work here. Families welcome, kids ages 6+.
Fireflies in the Meadows
Date: Friday, July 19, 7:30 – 9 PM
Remember the joy of watching the twinkling lights of fireflies on a summer evening? Join us for a walk in Mashomack’s meadows to learn about these amazing insects while using hand nets to get a close-up view of nature’s fireworks. All ages welcome.
Summer Ecology and DNA Lab Experience
Date: July 15-19 & 22-26, 9 AM – 2 PM (2-week program)
High school students can have fun and participate in science at this extraordinary program with Mashomack and Shelter Island School. Teens will explore the outdoors and practice sampling & identification skills, then learn state of the art DNA techniques in SI School’s biology lab. No experience is needed, Spanish-speaking instructor present. Grades 9-12. Program cost is $700.  Scholarships available. Sign up here.
Log Cabin Creek Shellfish Paddle
Date: Tuesday, July 23, 3 – 5 PM
What could be better than spending a summer afternoon paddling along a quiet coast? We will venture to Log Cabin Creek and learn about the importance of shellfish in our coastal waters from Kate Rossi-Snook of Cornell Cooperative Extension. Kayaks, paddles and safety gear provided. Adults only.
Seedlings: July in the Marsh
Date: Thursday, July 25, 10 – 11:30 AM
Join us as we wade through the water and explore the shoreline of Bass Creek down by Mashomack’s Manor House. We’ll check out the fish, crabs, snails and lots of other animals that call the marsh home. Please come prepared to get wet and wear shoes that can go in the water. Nets and buckets will be provided. Ages 4 to 7; parent or guardian required to stay for program.
Summer Stories at the Manor House
Date: Thursday, July 25, 7 – 8:30 PM 
Join Heather Clark Reylek for summer stories on the porch of the Mashomack Manor House as the sun sets over Peconic Bay. Hear tales of the Clark family’s time as caretakers of the House, and their adventures under the summer sun. Light refreshments provided. Ages 12 and up.

July Book in the Woods 
I’ll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara
A baby green turtle hatches from an egg on a moonlit night. How will it find its way to the sea?
Come take a self-guided, half-mile walk and read as you go.


Conserving Our Ocean: Why is the ocean so important?
The ocean’s future is our future. We must relieve the pressure on the ocean so it can continue to sustain us.
Covering more than 70% of Earth’s surface, the ocean plays an essential role in each of our lives, no matter where we live. The ocean is the heart of our planet, pumping oxygen, nutrients, water and weather around the globe. This constant circulation directly and indirectly provides the food and water we need to live and forms the backbone of our economies.

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The Nature Conservancy works across New York, the United States and in 79 countries and territories to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Learn more about our work at nature.org/NewYork

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