BCR 140: Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th

Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend Dickinson, All Rights Reserved.

Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend P. Dickinson, All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission.

On today’s show, I am reporting live from the celebration of Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year Anniversery, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 201850th Anniversary of the Tern Research on Great Gull Island. Great Gull Island is off the Eastern tip of Long Island between Plum Island and Fishers Island. Tern research became her life’s work, Helen Hays has spent every summer on the Island for the last 50 years.

Helen Hays has directed, since 1969, the work on the ongoing Tern Research project on Great Gull Island. This project was designed to study and preserve this major tern colony for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, which gained control of the Island in 1949. The Great Gull Island tern colony attracted this summer 9,500 pairs of Common Terns and 1,300 pair of Federally Endangered Roseate Terns making this the largest such colony of Roseate’s in the Western Hemisphere.

Helen Hayes, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend Dickinson, All Rights Reserved

Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend P. Dickinson, All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission.

Order of Battle:

3:00pm – Arrive, get nametags, Hors D’oeuvres.

3:45pm – Photo Shoot

4:00pm – Pizza & Salad Arrive * Video Film

5:00pm – More Pizza Arrives 

5:30pm- Champagne Toast * Testimonials

6:15pm – Coffee & Desert

Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend Dickinson, All Rights Reserved.

Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend P. Dickinson, All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission.

The original plan for the 50th Celebration was for all to go out to Great Gull Island but due to impending hurricane weather, the historic celebration is taking place here at The Chester Meeting House in Chester CT on September 15, 2018.

Helen Hayes, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend Dickinson, All Rights Reserved.

Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend P. Dickinson, All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission.

Several people agreed to be interviewed by me for this episode of BirdCallsRadio and to share their thoughts on this historic day to celebrate Helen Hays and the 50th Anniversary of Great Gull Island! So, without futher ado.

Helen Hayes, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration talks with Mardi Dickinson, BCR Host at the Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend Dickinson, All Rights Reserved.

Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration talks with Mardi Dickinson, BCR Host at the Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend P. Dickinson, All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission.

Interviews:

Patrick Comins; Sean Murtha; Olivia Male; Jim Hays; Joan Walsh; Nancy Perkins; Matthew Male; Helen Hays; David Duffy; Pete Paton; Michael Male; Ann Via McCullan. BirdCallsRadio™ audio interviews may not be used without written permission.

Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend Dickinson, All Rights Reserved.

Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend P. Dickinson, All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission.

Testimonials:

David Duffy; Lydia Thomas; Sidney Whelan; Dale; Olivia Male; Helen Hays; Jill Hamilton; Helen Hays; Joan Walsh; Patrick Comins; Jim Hays; Matthew Male; Helen Hay; Matthew and Ann Male’s Daughter; Helen Hays; Joan Walsh; Margaret Rubega; Joan Walsh; Champagne cork pop!

Helen Hayes, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend Dickinson, All Rights Reserved.

Joan Walsh, Keepin things rolling at the Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration,  Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend P. Dickinson, All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission.

50 Years and Counting Great Gull Island:

Helen Hayes, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend Dickinson, All Rights Reserved.

50 Years & Counting Celabration Cake at the Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 50th year celebration, Chester Meeting House, Chester, CT on Sept 15, 2018. ©Townsend P. Dickinson, All Rights Reserved. Photo may not be used without written permission.

Mentioned In Episode:

For The Record, Legacy Interview Series; 6th Guest Helen Hays, Great Gull Island 

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