Island is an ecological preserve and refuge for
migratory birds oof the coast of Branford, Connecticut. The island has a number of habitats, such as a rocky intertidal zone, marsh and beach, which are exemplars of Long Island Sound shoreline environments. Its setting in the Thimble Islands allows visitors many opportunities to learn about intereesting flora and fauna and to reflect on the beauty and unique natural environment.
island's inclusion in the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in 1995,
the US Fish & Wildlife Service, Connecticut State University System and the Friends of Outer Island have partnered to conduct research, and provide education and public programming. Guided tours and field studies at the island are especially valuable for educators who wish to connect their students to the wonders of the natural world, and the uniqueness of Long Island Sound.
Connecticut State University's Department of Science Education & Environmental Studies is a lead partner in Research and Education on Outer Island. Dr. Vincent
Breslin is the lead investigator for Coastal & Marine Studies.
Connecticut State University's Dr. Jeremiah
Jarrett is the lead investigator for Marine Biological Studies.
work on the island is tied to understanding and
sustaining the habitats of the plants and animals
living there. Our Research and Educational Programs
are great ways to engage in learning as we work to
sustain this unique island's ecology.
would happen if every elementary school child
chose a creature, whether an ant, a bee, cricket,
dragonfly, spider, water strider, snake, frog,
fly, beetle, or bat, to study and report on
repeatedly during his or her first six years of
school? The capacity for bioaffiliation in the
rising generation would be boundless." (prelude to
"The Biophilia Hypothesis" by E.O. Wilson and S.