Let’s Fill the Camp in 2004

The Audubon Camp in Maine can use your help recruiting folks to fill the camp in 2004. We can supply you with the 2004 Summer Camp Catalogs so that you can distribute to your contacts. The new catalogs will be available by Feb. 1.

Get your orders in now! Do you want 5, 10, 20, 25? Just place your order with Director Seth Benz at sbenz@maineaudubon.org. Be sure to send him your address and the number of catalogs you wish to distribute.

Marketers say, “Word of mouth is the best advertising and recruitment tool.” So, make your pitch for Hog Island in 2004! Let’s Fill the Camp!

The Future of Hog Island

Summer 2003 Youth Camp

David Klinger represented the “Friends of Hog Island” at the first meeting of the Hog Island Strategic Planning Committee at Maine Audubon Society headquarters in Falmouth on January 19.

The panel of Maine and National Audubon employees, Maine Audubon board members, other camp directors in mid-coast Maine, and Keene Neck Road neighbors will craft a common vision and strategic plan for the Audubon Camp in Maine over the next three months which will position the program for long-term success, particularly as Maine Audubon begins to launch its capital campaign. Watch the FOHI Web site for updates about this important effort in 2004.

Keeping Hog Island Ship Shape

The Maine Audubon Society formed an affiliation with National Audubon in February of 2000. As a part of that affiliation Maine Audubon acquired a long term lease and management responsibilities for the Todd Wildlife Sanctuary, including Hog Island.

Hog Island
Property Manager Bos Savage (right) and caretaker Anthony Liss

At the time of the affiliation, Scott Saunders was in charge of the waterfront and property management for the sanctuary. Bob “Bos” Savage, Director of Property Management for Maine Audubon, worked closely with Scott Saunders over the summer of 2000. After conducting several site inspection visits and incorporating existing lists of deferred maintenance projects, including a listing of capital level repairs (prepared by local contractor Tim Hanley) a new “master list” of needed repairs was created and prioritized.

Maine Audubon placed the highest priority on health and safety issues followed by the needs of program participants and has been investing between $20,000 and $40,000 per year in capital level projects. Some significant projects remain undone and will require funding from a capital campaign in order to be completed. These projects include: foundation level repairs to the “Bridge” and “Porthole”, replacement of the main electrical feed cable connecting the mainland and island, and the likely replacement of the main program boat the “Puffin IV.”

The following represents a listing, by category, of those projects that have been completed as of the summer of 2003 but does not include the multitude of smaller projects completed since the affiliation.

Electrical

  • Rewired Fish House – added exhaust fan – $5000
  • Rewired Bridge-replaced dishwasher heater – $4800
  • Rewired Warden’s Residence – $4400
  • Rewired Crows Nest – $2900
  • Replaced Island Service Entrance – $8600
  • Replaced Island Transformer – $7200

Bathrooms/Plumbing

  • Added Bathrooms to Port Hole – $14,500
  • Added new Bathroom to Warden’s Residence – $16,000
  • Replaced two Grinder Pumps – $1300
  • Replaced Well Pump at Warden’s Residence – $650
  • Repaired and Repainted Well House Tank – $300
  • Added Shower to Bilge – $600

Building Repairs/Construction

  • Replaced Binnacle Roof – $1100
  • Replaced Kitchen Roof and Skylights – $1800
  • Replaced Walk-In Roof – $450
  • Partial Roof Replacement at Focsle – $350
  • Partial Roof Replacement at Warden’s Residence – $400
  • Added Stockade Fencing at Dumpster and Kitchen – $750
  • Replaced Helm Deck – $1500
  • Replaced Visitor Center Deck – $2600
  • Installed and Enlarged Tent Platforms – $750
  • Repaired Fish House Sill – $400

Painting

  • Bridge Exterior and Dining Room – $1100
  • Fish House Shutters and Trim – $150
  • Porthole Interior and Furniture – $800
  • Mainland and Island Stores – $450
  • Parts of Warden’s Residence and Visitor Center – $350

Waterfront/Boat

  • Replaced Main Island Float – $7600
  • Replaced Mainland Float and Gangway – $12,500
  • Replaced Osprey Pilot House – $4000
  • Added new Skiff, Outboard and Trailer – $4900
  • Replaced Electronics on Puffin IV – $3500
  • Replaced Safety Equipment on Puffin IV – $950

Sanctuary/Grounds

  • Replaced Main Entrance Sign – $600
  • Parking Lot Improvements – $900
  • Island Clean-up – $300
  • Tree/Blowdown Work – $250

Bos Savage is Director of Property Management, Maine Audubon Society

Camp Update – 2002

Summer 2002 at the Audubon Camp in Maine was the longest summer season of programming ever scheduled, extending from early June through mid-September. Five hundred twenty participants took part in 25 programs over this 15-week span. Weekly sessions included three new programs for teens aged 14-17, two family camps, two youth sessions, an Elderhostel, the FOHI Work and Learn Week, and fifteen other adult program sessions. Additionally, camp-sponsored field trips offered through Maine Audubon’s Field Trip office enjoyed over 90% enrollment.

It is a privilege to receive the many heartfelt letters and good wishes of modern day campers that speak of life-changing experiences at Hog Island.

New programming for 14-17 year olds was among the summer’s most outstanding highlights. Of special note was a concurrent session in Field Ornithology that joined 39 adults with 12 teens. Kenn Kaufman served as an advisor and part-time instructor for Coastal Maine Bird Studies (for teens) while also fulfilling his instructional capacities with the adults. Shared programming included optional morning bird walks, a field birding excursion to nearby Medomak Village, and evening slide presentations by various instructors. The Coastal Maine Bird Studies program was experiential by design, providing hands-on censusing opportunities with Project Puffin biologists and Maine Audubon tern wardens, as well as birding field trips, including one all-day trip to Acadia National Park.

The Muscongus Bay by Kayak for Teens sessions proved equally successful. This new program inaugurated the use of the FOHI-assembled-and-placed tent platforms at the Hog Island Ledges. This program was designed as a total “backcountry experience” whereby the participants, along with two state registered kayak guides, camped out each night and had all their provisions with them. At week’s end, the elated group paddled in for a Janii-made breakfast!

The lore, warmth, and infusion of nature of a visit to Hog Island and the good feelings it invokes remain a solid testimony to the generosity of the sanctuary-founding Todd/Bingham family and the foresight of Audubon’s leadership. It is a privilege to carry forward their still vibrant vision and a delight to receive the many heartfelt letters and good wishes of modern day campers that speak of life-changing experiences at Hog Island. Such experiences provide sustenance for the continuous efforts of the legions of instructors, student assistants, captains, caretakers, cooks, and administrators who have traveled, or dream of traveling, across the narrows.