About the Calf Island Conservancy
The Calf Island Conservancy is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing appropriate high-quality public uses, promoting environmental education opportunities, and enhancing natural habitats on Calf Island for plants, fish, wildlife and people. Calf Island is the largest offshore island in Greenwich and part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge.
CIC members have assisted Refuge personnel to make many important improvements to public access, trail systems, and buildings and most recently interpretive signs that celebrate wildlife, habitats and conservation along the island trails.
The Conservancy assists Refuge personnel by assembling volunteers for a variety of tasks, including:
- Habitat restoration. The Conservancy assists in removing non-native species and replanting native vegetation.
- Debris and drift removal. The Conservancy has cleared out old floats and wreckage from the salt marsh, and regularly cleans up accumulated debris that washes ashore.
- Encouragement of general public use. The Conservancy assists groups in organizing visits, and seeks to educate the public on sensitive use of the Island.
- Keeping trails and the open areas cleared: Conservancy volunteers clear trails and mow grass around the pavilion and trailside interpretive signs to facilitate public access.
- Funding projects that may not be funded by the refuge due to budget limitations.
website: Calf Island Conservancy