How the Lyman V. Rutledge Marine Laboratory Was Born!

Two accounts come to us of how the Lyman V. Rutledge Marine Laboratory was born, courtesy of the Star Island staff and their archives. If you’ve ever wondered how this treasured education center ended up on such a small, granite Island well, then, you’re in luck. Simply read on!

Our first account comes from Frederick T. McGill on the lab’s 25th anniversary:Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.27.32 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.27.40 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.27.46 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.27.52 PMOur next account comes from Roland D. Greeley, the then president of the Star Island Corporation:Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.30.30 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.30.47 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.31.04 PMScreen Shot 2015-04-22 at 7.31.14 PM


A Summer Diving in WHOI’s Sumbersible Alvin

For those of you who missed it, one of our fellow shoalers had a busy summer (at least part of it) diving in the U.S. Navy-owned Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin and living aboard the R/V Nautilus (based out of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution).

Check him out during his pre-cruise interview where he describes his research into the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep sea ecosystems:

Erik Cordes, an associate professor at Temple University, is a collaborator in the ECOGIG project which works to understand the impacts of oil and gas—naturally occurring and accidental—on the deep sea ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico. Find a photo album and description of their work on the Nautilus web site here.

As for Erik’s summerwhich may also have yielded footage for the film he is working on with other Star Islanders, Acid Horizon—his quote on the Nautilus Web site summarizes it well:

“I have loved exploring the oceans since I was a kid playing on my grandfather’s boat in the Gulf of Mexico and in tide pools on the Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine. I am always excited to join the Nautilus as we go more places that no one has ever seen!”

Follow the Nautilus all the time here:
Find the ECOGIG album here:
Find Erik on the Nautilus here:

Eric Masterson Inteviews on New Hampshire Public Radio

Just in time for Star’s September birding weekend, we bring you an interview with Eric Masterson, a land specialist for the Harris Center for Conservation Education. He also happens to be a birding expert (author of Birdwatching in New Hampshire) and leader of the Island’s birding weekends.

A snowy owl.

A snowy owl.

This interview about a recent influx of snowy owls to the state aired on March 20 in the “Word of Mouth” section of New Hampshire Public Radio. But island naturalist, Arthur Eves, recently witnessed a snowy owl at work on Star this past week during LOAS I. An unusual time of year to see one for sure!

We’ve also seen evidence of their work during the winter, with a Red-breasted Merganser left on the tennis court and eaten over the past year undoubtedly by a snowy.

Hope you listen in and enjoy. Find the story here.

When you’ve finished listening, remember to sign up to see Eric this September 19-21 on the Island as well. Sign up for the conference here. You can also find out more about Eric’s conferences this past May by reading his blog  or talking to folks in Natural History Week when he served as the theme speaker.

Find the link for Star’s conference page here:
Find the interview link on NHPR here:
Find Eric Masterson’s Web site here:

Star Island seal pup checks out marine lab volunteer staff

Caught by iPhone! Check out the video below, and be sure to watch the upper-center portion of the film in its first five seconds.

Just before this, our volunteer said, the pup stuck his head up near the rock he was sitting on in Star Island’s quarrya spot just past the breakwaters but before East Rockand “calmly regarded him before deciding to swim back out to sea.”

Cool video! But not surprising since grey, harbor and ringed seals are often spotted swimming past the summerhouse in the evening. In fact, a group of 12 where spotted just the night before!

But we do have one last video for you, taken by our same intrepid volunteer. This time he captures an angry Spotted Sandpiper trying lead him astray from his nest near the summerhouse. Cheers and be sure you turn up the sound!



A Star Island Lightning Storm from the West Porch

Yet more beautiful shots.

A beautiful shot of the storm’s surreal clouds as it rolled by the West end of the Oceanic porch.

After weeks of hot and dry weather, the grass on Star had begun to turn brown and most of us had begun our routine of swimming at the dock three times a day. With the Island packed with 300 guests from All Star 1, the stage was set for a lively and exciting thunderstorm that turned into a night of much needed rain.

The cloud formations were amazing and remarked on by more than one person even though the storm forced the end of the Pelican-Conferee softball game in the fifth inning. Below we’ve posted a few of the best shots which captured this idyllic Island moment.

The storm rolls by...

A panorama of the storm rolling by as Pelicans and conferees gathered to watch.

The storm's approach from behind the Summer House.

The storm’s approach from behind the Summer House. Bolts of lightning could be seen in the distance (although we couldn’t catch one).

Some of the amazing cloud formations (even though this storm preceded Tropical Storm Arthur by a day).

Some of the amazing cloud formations (even though this storm preceded Tropical Storm Arthur by a day).

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