July 6, 2012

Great Gull Island - Day 1

I'm spending a week volunteering on a tiny island in Long Island Sound. Once a military fort, it is now an important breeding ground for thousands of terns; most are common terns, but there is also a decent population of the endangered roseate tern. The American Museum of Natural History has been running a project here to keep track of the terns for the past few decades. I will have the opportunity to take part in collecting and recording data for the project over the course of a week.

Here is the view from my room. Although there is very limited electricity (I'm currently running my iPhone on a solar charger) and the digs are quite rustic, the view and surroundings can't be beat! Stay tuned for more updates...

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