Island Sentinel Program-Envisioned & Established

by Jane Ahrens

By Island Naturalist Justine Kibbe

As another summer season shifts to autumn shadows I have a lot of observations to document. But the most important to note would be how grateful I am to see an idea nurtured back in 2011 come to fruition this year.

The Island Sentinel Program is established. Local Traditional Knowledge can be bridged with Science and a community empowered with the capability and capacity to contribute to the preservation and conservation of its own lands.

Three returning Sentinels – Olivia Backhaus, Conner Wakeman, and Gardner Thors continued to help collect data from 10 monitored sites. Year-rounder Cristina Frazier has been a tremendous help with her office presence, enabling us to remain in the field.

F.I.S.H. (Fishers Island Sentinel Handbook), an Island specific field guide of sorts continues to evolve with a future App in the making – all with hopes of recording environmental trends where community monitoring and citizen science becomes essential, and being “naturalists” becomes second nature.

I am happy too, that the Fishers Island Conservancy has supported the vision of helping to create “employment” for students in this important area of work on the island.

The 2015 “Tribe”: Conner Wakeman, Justine Kibbe, Olivia Backhaus, Gardner Thors

Featured Photo

USCG Eagle passing the Race early morning March 18, 2023 on her return from the Chesapeake Bay . Photo Credit Marlin Bloethe

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