Wildlife monitoring and connect with the natural environment
My name is Erik Blomquist, and I have been fortunate enough to call
Fishers Island a second home my entire life. Since I was little, I
have come out to the island to visit my grandparents and experience
the unique little world that is Fishers Island. It was at a young age
that I began finding undeniable interest in the natural world, always
being told by my grandpa, John Ski, to "observe nature".
For the past seven years, I have spent summers on Fishers working various
jobs. Last summer I worked as an intern for the Fishers Island Conservancy
doing some basic invasive plant species removal, mostly throughout the
Parade Grounds. I worked alongside Adam Mitchell and Joe Henderson,
helping to make progress in the projects they envisioned for that specific
Olivia Backhaus, 20, lives in Stonington, CT and graduated from Fishers
Island School in 2014. This is her fourth year working as a Sentinel
for the Fishers Island Conservancy. Working as a Sentinel has inspired
Olivia to major in Biology and minor in Environmental Studies at
Sewanee: The University of the South. In the future, she hopes to do
environmental research on marine habitats and biology.
Erik Blomquist is a senior at the
University of Colorado in Boulder, majoring in Environmental Studies. He
has been coming out to Fishers Island all of his life, visiting his
grandparents John and Mary Ski. For the past 7 years, Erik has spent
the summers living and working on Fishers Island. Last summer he completed
an internship with the Conservancy and is a member of the Island Sentinel
Conner Wakeman, 18, has been
coming to the Island during summers with
his family since he was born. Both his sustainable mindset and the
Island's charm have inspired him to help as a conservationist. Next
year he will attend the University of Pennsylvania and plans to study
Gardner Thors, is a 14 year old
Island Sentinel for the Fishers Island Conservancy. He lives in New York
City, but will be attending Groton School in Massachusetts in the fall.
As a city kid he doesn't get to experience real nature and wildlife except
for the landscaped Central Park and the infamous pigeons and squirrels of
the city. Fishers Island is his wildlife sanctuary. Gardner has been
coming here for as long as he can remember and holds a special place
in his heart for Fishers. That is why he chose to play a part in the
preservation of this environment. Gardner looks forward to learning more
about the island's ecosystems and sharing what he learns with all island
residents and community.
Jack Morrissey is our newest Sentinel and is a year round Fishers
Island resident. He enjoys all of the beauty and nature on Fishers
and most days you will find Jack biking, paddle boarding, and
exploring the island with friends. Jack is presently our Tech
Sentinel and supports the Conservancy on presentations,
photography and digital media.
The Sentinel Program is closed for Summer 2016.