Dear Friends of Shoals Marine Laboratory,
SML's opening day is just around the corner and SML staff members are getting ready to make the annual pilgrimage to Appledore Island, our summer home. Appledore has enabled SML to develop life-changing, immersive learning programs for students and visitors, and in return, we take the stewardship of the island and the entire Isles of Shoals to heart!
Across time and the Isles, there are many signs of SML's commitment to conservation and stewardship: joining the campaign to defend the Shoals against an oil refinery in the 1970's; dedicating the last 10 years to advance our sustainability program and solar energy utilization; the new SML Tern Program to shepherd the fragile seabird breeding colony on nearby Seavey Island; a two-year-old joint environmental education program with our Star Island neighbors; decades of monitoring and measuring intertidal, marine mammal, seabird and landbird resources across the archipelago; and so much more!
These actions and initiatives define our ethics and lay a rich framework for our current efforts and future growth. Students and visitors on Appledore Island can't help but be inspired by the great work happening at Shoals Marine Laboratory - I know I am!
We hope you will join us this summer to discover the wonders of our learning island, and all that we are committed to understanding and protecting!