As we’re adjusting to our first week back from break, we thought to talk a little bit about how it is living on a seabird island for the summer. Although checking burrows, surveying for alcids, and keeping the island predator free takes up a majority of our time, we still find time to enjoy all the coast of Maine has to offer.
One would think being stationed on a small island would become somewhat monotonous, but we find that the little things keep it lively and help pass the time. When the weather cooperates, we enjoy taking walks around the island looking for more species to put on our list, mainly migrating songbirds and shorebirds.
However, on those foggy or rainy days (sometimes lasting for a few days), we turn to books and cooking. Dawson is a trained chef when it comes to whipping up a batch of delicious Polish pancakes.
We also have identified a variety of wildflowers that are dispersed throughout the island, filling in the wet meadows and the sunny hillsides.
Since we’re roughly 5 miles off the mainland, the temperatures rarely rise above 70 with a constant cool ocean breeze. However, on the days where the wind dies down and the sun’s out, the ocean water (~56 degrees) is quite refreshing.
Lastly, we always end our days, usually cleaning up from dinner and watching the sunset and the moon rise. However the day goes, it always seems to end in a beautiful sunset overlooking the Englishmen Bay.
~Nate & Dawson, EBI 2016