The Appledore Island Migration Station

This page was created for the banders and band-aides at the Appledore Island Migration Station.  Feel free to make suggestions on information I should post here. 



  • The station is scheduled to run May 6 to June 8 and the Spring Schedule is currently under construction (please note that the banders are working on coordinating schedules and the dates for banders are subject to change).
  • The boat list will be posted on the web (, but probably not until mid-april.  You must let the island know when you plan to arrive, but Alexa Hilmer, the Island Coordinator, will not be available until mid-April.  If you need it, the office phone number on the island is (603)-964-9011 or email her at: to schedule boat reservations for your arrival and departure. Please note that the boat schedule is definitely tentative and subject to change.  Please make sure you check with Alexa about your reservation 1-2 days BEFORE your arrival.
  • We expect to have our three reserved parking spots at the ISSCo dock. Other parking options remain the same ( has details).
  • BIG CHANGE: please do not send any money to anyone until you receive an invoice.  Room and board is covered for trained volunteers, but I am requesting folks to pay for their boat trip ($66) and to consider making a donation to the lab if they are able.
  • If you must have something mailed to you while on Appledore, please note the SML staff does their best to get mainland packages onto scheduled boats as often as possible.
    Packages* should be sent to:

    Banding Station Volunteer's Name
    C/O Shoals Marine Laboratory
    Attn: Banding Station-Appledore Island
    400 Little Harbor Road
    Portsmouth, NH 03801
    *Also, please note that signature waivers should be signed, as there is not always someone at the mainland office of SML to sign for packages, and shippers may not leave packages without a signature waiver.
  • I have developed a listserve for the station so that we can send out general announcements.  Please let me know if you would like to be added, or know of others who should be added.



Bird Banding Lab
North American Banding Council
Ringing/Banding Web Pages Database (this web site provides an astronomical calculator to get sunrise and sunset times anywhere)

Ornithological Societies of North America
Current weather conditions at the Isles of Shoals

Shoals Marine Lab
My home page

The information provided here is only for the use of banders and bandaides of the Appledore Island Migration Station. Any data or original documents posted here (within the ~morriss directory) are the property of Sara Morris who retains all rights to this information.


Contact Info: Sara Morris, PhD, Canisius College , 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208