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Mashomack Preserve Hours & Activities

February & March 2020

Mashomack Birding Club hiking the trails in search of birds on a winter day. Photo by Alex Novarro.

Hours of Operation

Trails: Open 9 AM-4 PM, CLOSED Tuesdays
Visitor Center: Open 9 AM-4 PM on weekends and 12-4 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays

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Coming Soon: Environmental Education Summer Program for Kids Ages 8 – 12

A group of Environmental Education participants at Mashomack in 2019. Photo by: Anthony Graziano.

Registration begins mid-April
$350/session, scholarships available

Session 1: July 6 – 9
Session 2: August 3 – 6
Session 3: August 17 – 20

Come hike, muddle in a marsh, paddle a kayak, and make nature art while exploring our changing world. Kids ages 8-12 are invited to spend time in the great outdoors, learn to tackle some of our greatest conservation challenges, and become stewards of nature.

Sessions run Mon – Thurs, 9 AM-2 PM.

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Upcoming Programs & Events

Please register in advance to guarantee your spot in a program. Unless specifically noted, enjoy our programs free-of-charge. Donations are accepted at the Visitor Center. For further information, call 631-749-4219 or email MashomackPreserve@tnc.org.

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Book in the Woods – February

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

“If you go owling you have to be quiet.” This Caldecott Medal winner about a child and father finding an owl on a winter night is a family favorite. Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go. Pages of this book are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy.

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Mashomack Birding Club
Saturday, February 1, 10-11:30 AM

Come down to the Mashomack Manor House on the first Saturday of each month to search for birds with other wildlife enthusiasts. Never gone birding? No problem! This is a casual meetup open to anyone interested in learning more about local species. Coffee will be provided.

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Signs of Life in Winter
Saturday, February 15, 10 AM-12 PM

Come see what is out and about in the “dead of winter.” We will hike, look for tracks, search for birds and learn how animals survive the cold season.

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Mashomack Point: A Tour of the Katharine Ordway Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, February 22, 1-4 PM

Dedicated to a visionary and generous nature lover, Mashomack Point is opened for a guided walk just once a year. We’ll explore this area’s unique woodlands, kettles, and fields, culminating with a breathtaking view of Northwest Harbor. Dress warmly.

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Footprints on the Land: The Nicoll Legacy
Saturday, February 29, 1-2:30 PM

Join a truck tour and short hike to discover the traces of over 200 years of Nicoll family history in Mashomack’s meadows. Visit the Nicoll family cemetery, find the foundations of buildings in Miss Annie Nicoll’s “Big House” and learn about the family’s lingering impacts on Mashomack’s land today.Species Watch: Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)

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Species Watch: 

Eastern Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)

While most amphibians stay tucked away until the spring, the Eastern Tiger Salamander can be found swimming in icy ponds and even walking across snow. On wet winter nights in January and February, this large salamander emerges from underground burrows to mate in the nearest fish-less pond. Unfortunately, this creature is listed as endangered in New York State, largely due to loss of habitat to human development. Although there are no known populations on Shelter Island, there was a single observation recorded in 1944. Keep an eye on your local pond and send us a photo if you find one on Shelter Island!

Eastern Tiger Salamander on the South Fork of Long Island. Photo by: Sarah Novarro.

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Book in the Woods – March

Carl and the Meaning of Life by Deborah Freedman

What is a worm good for? Follow Carl as he learns that everything has a purpose and connection to the world. Come for a half-mile walk and read a story as you go. Pages of this book are mounted along the trail for you to enjoy.

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Mashomack Birding Club
Saturday, March 7, 10-11:30 AM

Come down to the Mashomack Manor House on the first Saturday of each month to search for birds with other wildlife enthusiasts. Never gone birding? No problem! This is a casual meetup open to anyone interested in learning more about local species. Coffee will be provided.
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Souper Sunday
Sunday, March 8, 11 AM-1 PM

Hike the 6-mile green trail, stopping halfway at the Mashomack Manor House for a cup of homemade soup. A perfect combination to celebrate the return of lighter days. Soup available from 11 AM-1 PM.
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Trail Day Stewardship Project
Saturday, March 14, 10 AM-Noon

Maintaining Mashomack’s miles of trails takes a lot of work. Pitch in to help widen trails or spread wood chips to protect tree roots and provide safe walking. Bring work gloves. Water and snack provided. Community service hours available.
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Mashomack’s Nestbox Trail and the Eastern Bluebird
Saturday, March 14, 4-5 PM

Ever see a live bluebird? How about eggs in a nest, or live baby birds? Learn how Mashomack is restoring bluebird populations and to help this iconic New York State bird. Volunteer for our Nestbox Project—a guaranteed wonderful experience. Refreshments served.
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Vernal Equinox: Dawn to Dusk Hiking
Thursday, March 19, 7 AM-7 PM

Celebrate the first day of spring: Trails will be open from dawn to dusk for self-guided walks. Come enjoy the normally off-limits hours!
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World Water Day: Search for Salamander Eggs
Saturday, March 21, 2-3:30 PM

Mashomack’s kettle ponds and vernal pools are excellent spots for amphibians to lay their eggs. Join us in an off-trail search for frogs, salamanders and newts.

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Register for a program

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The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve

the lands and waters on which all life depends. 

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The Nature Conservancy

79 South Ferry Rd
PO Box 850

Shelter Island, New York 11964

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