Hoboken Charter High School Students Help Setup Lab/Intitiate Citizen Science Research

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Journaling about their experiences on Star Island.

“I thought I was going to miss watching TV but came to find out the source of entertainment was right here.”

This year, we owe a debt of thanks to 14 students from the Hoboken Charter High School in New Jersey for helping set up the lab and kick-off our citizen science projects. In particular, our students visited from June 1 to 7 and undertook several new and existing citizen science projects including:

  • Mapping nests/eggs of Herring Gulls in the Lover’s Colony of Star Island.

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    Helping set up our outdoor turtle terrarium straight from the Art Barn Pond.

  • Building our fouling plate experiment.
  • Initiating our first transects of Star Island’s terrestrial ecosystems.
  • Building terrariums for our snakes, turtles and freshwater fish.
  • Setting up our intertidal and outdoor tanks.
  • Building our lab’s sea monster (out front) from trash collected from the ocean around the Isles of Shoals.

Thanks guys for all the hard work!

During their time on Island, each of the students also helped with open-up work such as adding netting to the fences along the pier and helping to wash dining room chairs. This approach to service learning had many of the students commenting they’d definitely be back to be Pelicans.

Below a few pictures and quotes from the students about their time on Island.

Hanging out on Smith.

Hanging out on John Smith’s Monument.

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Caning chairs with Star Island’s volunteers.

Caning chairs was so much fun and meaningful to Star Island.”

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Helping move our huge turtle terrarium outside for the summer.

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The painted turtle finds his summer home along with his two smaller companions.

“It was cool to build a home for our classroom turtle.”

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Yoga at sunrise each day.

“I loved waking up at sunrise and doing yoga, it was cool how most of us woke up.”

Helping initiate our transecting project available to conferees and pelicans this summer.

Helping initiate our transecting project available to conferees and Pelicans this summer.

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Led by Island Naturalist Arthur Eves, our students collect marine life for the tanks.

“My favorite part of this week while staying at Star Island has been trying to find things from the sea to put into the tanks. It was exciting finding different sea life.”

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Catching a Pollock.

“My favorite part of this trip was fishing… waiting for a bite is a little boring but when something bit on my line it was exhilarating to reel it in. It was an accomplishment for me that brought a smile to my face. There’s always another time to catch a bigger fish.”

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