[CT Birds] Great Gull Island Volunteer Opportunities

Comins, Patrick PCOMINS at audubon.org
Tue Apr 12 14:14:29 EDT 2016

Please see the announcement below from the Great Gull Island (GGI) team.   GGI is really an amazing place and is the largest tern colony in the Western Hemisphere.  It is a neat place to visit whether or not the terns are there yet.   Volunteers last year literally got to see the arrival of Common Terns.  One day there were none, the next morning at dawn thousands of terns suddenly arrived.   They even have a brand new sea watch blind on the island.    Conditions are spartain on the island, with no electricity, but if you are used to camping, this is an great opportunity to visit and help out at a place that few people get to visit.

Hi Everybody -

It may feel like November, but it's actually April  --  which means that the start of the 2016 season on GGI is right around the corner.  Helen is planning boats for several weekends  --  with so many to choose from, there is something for everyone:

April 15 - 17
April 22 - 24
April 29 - May 1 (Move Out)
May 6 - 8
May 13 - 15
May 20 - 22
May 27 - 30 (Memorial Day)
June 3 - 5

Nest marking begins around May 10, reaching a peak at the end of May & first week of June  --  many volunteers needed!

Boats will leave for the island on Fridays at 3:00 PM from Capt John Wadsworth's dock in Niantic.  Return boats leave the island on Sundays between 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

After June 5, boats will shift to the Summer schedule, going out & back once a week on Fridays.

For those interested in a longer stay...  for the two weeks before Move Out, starting April 15, Matthew Male will be staying out to work on a number of projects  --  he would be happy to have as much help w/these as possible.  Projects include:

2 new outhouses
Cottage prototype
Finish dockhouse
A few more 12' standard blinds
Add 2x4 rails to last batch of blinds and put on tops, check guy lines, etc.
Pick up traps and nest markers
Path down west end
Clear rock rubble from dock area
Clear west end paths where able
Put out "pallet Shelters"
Clear vegetation

Helen can't wait to see everyone, so please let her know when you can come, at hays at amnh.org<mailto:hays at amnh.org>.

Happy Spring!

- Doug

Patrick M. Comins, Director of Bird Conservation, Audubon Connecticut
Phone: (203)405-9115

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