Where Do We Stand?

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own
But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams   
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream   
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied   
so he opens his throat to sing.
. . .
for the caged bird   
sings of freedom.
Maya Angelou

Although Friends of Hog Island is a tiny nonprofit with a specialized mission to keep an 84-year-old conservation education camp in Maine — Hog Island Audubon Camp — thriving to teach and broaden the understanding of all who land on its shores about ecology and conservation, we stand firmly with Black Lives Matter.

Even the smallest organization, or one person, or one action, can influence a change.

Hog Island’s 2020 Season and Covid-19

A decade ago FOHI was  fighting to keep Hog Island Camp open; as we begin our second decade, we have found ourselves in recent weeks recommending to National Audubon that the camp be closed for the season. In such an unimaginable time as this Covid-19 pandemic, difficult decisions have to be made with the safety of all in mind.  To that end, Audubon has communicated the following:

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Thank you for your care and commitment to the success of Hog Island Audubon Camp and our summer camp programs.

Audubon takes seriously our responsibility to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. We have made the difficult decision to cancel Hog Island Audubon Camp programs for the summer of 2020 in order to protect the safety of our campers, volunteers and staff.  

We will miss working with you to share the joy of birds with campers this year and look forward to seeing you in person as soon as we reopen.

We know it’s important to you that our campers continue to learn about the natural world. Audubon is creating resources to help our campers continue to find awe and inspiration in nature together, indoors: 

Audubon for Kids is an online space available in English and Spanish that provides new, fun activities each week, including nature activities, games, quizzes, DIY projects, and more.  For English, visit: “Audubon for Kids”  | For Spanish, visit: “Audubon Para Niños.”

Join the Hog Island instructor team for Raptor Rapture Online to learn all about raptors from migration to nesting.  Our online program features 10 presentations filmed at Hog Island and includes interactive quizzes and additional reading material.  Learn more at Raptor Rapture Online.”

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FOHI volunteers had already filled up all available slots and the opening-week team was ready to go, so we know this news is disappointing. Nonetheless, we know we all want the best for the volunteers, the staff, the campers, and the island. Take this time for renewal, and take comfort in the memories past and the memories we have to make. We will be on the island again.

Keep safe. Until we meet again.

Hog Island under a warm August sunset