Audubon New York is offering a unique volunteer Stewardship Day to help monitor nesting Roseate Terns (federally endangered; NY endangered) and Common Terns (NY threatened) on Great Gull Island. Great Gull Island is a 17 acre island that is located within the Long Island Sound, just a few miles east of Plum Island, NY. Previously used as an army fort, the island now provides critical nesting habitat for the largest colony of Roseate Terns in the Western Hemisphere and the largest colony of Common Terns in the world.
We will visit the island on Saturday, May 27th to work with Helen Hays of the American Museum of Natural History to help search for, mark, and GPS tern nests. We will take a boat over to the island from the Orient by the Sea Marina (40200 Main Road, Orient, NY) at 8 AM and return around 4 PM. This event will happen rain or shine. The boat has space for a limited number of people so please be sure to register in advance.