conducting field research on an isolated island….

….has its challenges. The field research station is owned and operated by Bowdoin College in Maine. Mark Murray (pictured here) does an incredible job of being the caretaker of the island during the field season. He has also either built, repaired, or restored all of the buildings on the island and is always willing to lend us a hand with our quirky research needs. For example, in 2013, he helped us construct special cones made out of chicken wire to protect Savannah sparrow nests from avian predators. Just as important, he is also full of stories that document the rich history of the island.

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