|The view from the hotel on Star island- Appledore Island in front|
Our summer of cleaning up as many islands of the Isles of Shoals continues. On Sunday, August 12th, Jen Kennedy (BOS's executive director) and I went out to Star Island to give an orientation talk to a conference that would be working with us on the clean-up the following afternoon. Perhaps it was the beauty of the day and the island itself but we had a smaller audience than we had anticipated but Jen gave an excellent talk and it got those that did attend thinking and spreading the word. We went to a brief social hour with the conference attendees and the power of networking- well at least talking to others- really paid off! While we were trying to garner support and enthusiasm for the clean-up the following day, we started talking to a boat builder who seemed interested in what we were there to do. He then introduced us to his wife who was an engineering professor at MIT and found out that they were in charge of leading 12 4-6 graders on a visit to neighboring Smuttynose Island the next morning. When they heard that we were trying to survey and clean-up as many of the islands as we could they asked if we would lead the kids the next morning on a survey of marine debris on Smuttynose. We were very excited by the prospect because we could teach the kids and we could get information that we could use when planning our clean-up of Smuttynose in late September! After we got all of that figured out we went to dinner which was family style and pretty good!
After dinner, with the weather still being perfect we set off around the island to see how we would coordinate the volunteers to collect the most debris off as much of the Star Island coastline.
|Gosport Harbor, NH|
|Gosport Harbor, NH|
|Nightfall on Star|
|Rowing to Smuttynose|
|Smuttynose wading pool!|
|Can you find the trap?|
|Embedded in sand and rock|
|and...we still smile even though we are hot and smelly!|
|Lee Schatvet-playing 'trapsket ball'!|
|the haul...675lbs of debris -some hopefully being recycled or becoming energy...|
|Speeding home to a shower!|