One of the things that makes work on Metinic unique is sheep. That’s right, sheep. The herd of over 100 ewes and lambs is here because the island is shared with private land owners. These “South Enders” are a friendly and helpful group, and we couldn’t ask for better neighbors.
Playing shepherd on Metinic is not exactly the picture you probably have in your head. There are no dogs, and the field is a hilly thicket of Bayberry bushes. Some of these sheep have very young lambs and they must move slowly, so moving them down the east coastline and beyond the fence is as much a practice of patience as it is ingenuity. The roundup went off without a hitch this year, thanks to the crew, refuge staff and enthusiastic volunteers.
Metinic Crew (Charlie Walsh, Jennie Wiacek, and special guests Courtney Viall, and Adrienne Leppold)