West Sister Island NWR Sunset Cruise
2017 Sunset Cruise Schedule
August 11, 2016, history came alive as President Teddy Roosevelt (Gib Young) joined us on board the Jet Express for the sunset cruise. President Roosevelt shared his involvement with the National Wildlife Refuge System, and explained why protecting these areas is so important. He also signed a few autographs!
West Sister Island NWR is a rookery, a place where all of the area herons, egrets, and cormorants nest. Located nine miles off shore, the island is covered with tall hackberry trees and an unforgiving understory of poison ivy and stinging nettles. The area is closed to all but permit holding researchers. On the cruise, we learned about the National Wildlife Refuge system from President Teddy Roosevelt (Gib Young), heard from Ohio Division of Wildlife research biologist Dave Sherman, and chatted with US Fish & Wildlife Service staff.
Proceeds from this benefit will help our Friends group to support Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge in carrying out its conservation goals.
Thank you to all who joined us!
A little background info...
President Teddy Roosevelt established the first National Wildlife Refuge, Pelican Island NWR in 1903. Since then, the refuge system has grown to encompass more than 150 million acres of habitat essential for the survival of America’s astounding diversity of wildlife.
In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established West Sister Island "as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife" and it was specifically designated to protect the largest wading bird nesting colony on the U.S. Great Lakes. The refuge is jointly owned by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Staff at the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge manage the island as a wilderness area, as provided under the Wilderness Act. West Sister Island is Ohio's only Wilderness Area.
Meet at the Jet Express Ferry Dock
3 Monroe Street
Port Clinton, OH 43452