Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at Hog Island before you arrive for your camp session? Well, this should give you an idea.
A group of dedicated alumni, members of the Friends of Hog Island (FOHI) — to which all “graduating” program participants automatically belong — gathers a week before the first ornithology session to help the staff open the camp.
They have a very busy week: cleaning, scraping, painting, gardening, building, clearing and building trails, and putting in the tide gauge.
And of course there are the rewards: eating Janii’s gourmet feasts, greeting the visiting groups of American Birding Association members on their way out for a boat trip to see the puffins on Eastern Egg Rock, swimming off the dock with Ayla, a boat trip and birding with Art Borror, evening slide presentations for reminiscing in the new chairs in the Fish House, and even a gallery opening in the Bridge!
We just thought you might all like to hear more about your wonderful Island!