Foreword: predator control is a complex issue on Monomoy- how are we the ones to decide what birds live or die on this island?
Just a little bit of Monomoy to brighten up you day.
Part of our work requires entering observation data into the PIPLODES, perhaps better known as the “On-line Data Entry System for MA Piping Plover Census Form” according to the commonwealth of Massachusetts. Here’s a training video we’ve created over the past week showing people how it’s done; it really highlights the power and simplicity ofContinue reading “Welcome to PIPLODES”
Towards the end of July, Monomoy’s beaches become the hot spot for migrating shorebirds to stage.
Today’s post comes from a letter I’m writing to a friend. That’s all for tonight, just a few thoughts at large about having spent the last 2 months on the island. Let me know what you think about the post format- it’s nicer to write on paper.
I love the colony. I know that if you read my last post, you might think that I don’t care for, dislike, or even hate the colony. It’s noisy, sandy, inconvenient, and smells bad. It’s kind of like a city, and it’s the contrast with the peace and solitude of the rest of the islandContinue reading “Camp Life”
The most exciting day of the week: getting back to land and having people look at you like an alien as you leap from the boat into the shallows, covered in days of sunblock and tern poop, harsh tanlines, and carrying your life in a soaking wet pack.
The walk from The Colony to the Monomoy Light is about an hour and a half- it depends on how fast you walk, which route you take, and how much good stuff you find washed ashore along the way.
Population: Mostly birds