College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Center for Land Use Education and Research

Gull Island Habitat Management Project

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Gull Island


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Great Gull Island, owned by the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), has two species of terns nesting on the island: the Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) with 9,500 pairs and the Roseate Tern (S. dougallii) with 1,300 pairs. This represents the largest concentration of nesting Common Terns in the world, and the largest concentration of nesting Roseate Terns in the Western Hemisphere. Great Gull Island, 17 acres in size, is the site of a former army fort with crumbling battlements and boulders surrounding the edges of the island. The Common Terns use the interior island, while the Roseate Terns nest in the boulders. Vegetation, including many invasive plant species, has overtaken parts of the island causing loss of nesting habitat. Connecticut Sea Grant, CLEAR, and USFWS are working with the AMNH to develop and implement a habitat management plan for this island. This webinar will describe the fascinating history of Great Gull Island and our management efforts to improve tern nesting habitat.

Presented by: CLEAR & CT Sea Grant

Running Time: 00:40:57


Juliana Barrett, Associate Extension Educator

Juliana's Bio

Juliana Barrett became a member of the NEMO team in 2006. She is an Assistant Educator in Residence with Connecticut Sea Grant and the NEMO program. As an ecologist, her focus is the coastal habitats of Connecticut. She works with the towns and groups working on the conservation, restoration and enhancement of coastal areas. Juliana is developing programs to assist coastal community leaders with technical matters related to the impact of land use on coastal habitats, riparian buffers, habitat management and restoration of coastal habitats.

Juliana is the co-author of The Vegetation of Connecticut, a Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection publication. Previously, Juliana was the Geoffrey C. Hughes Tidelands Program Director with the Nature Conservancy in Connecticut, and also did private consulting. Juliana has a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a M.A. from the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor's degree from Smith College in Biology.

Joel Stocker, Assistant Extension Educator

Joel's Bio

Joel started with the NEMO program as a graduate assistant within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. After graduating with a Masters in Natural Resources Management and Engineering in 1994 he continued full time with NEMO through the Cooperative Extension System. He currently works with Extension Forestry and supports multiple CLEAR projects with GIS applications and training.

In addition Joel has a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. Prior to joining the University Joel worked as an Engineer in the US Air Force.