Courtesy of the Pratt Museum, Homer, Alaska
Each year, cliff-nesting seabirds signal a change of season when they return to Gull Island. Pelagic birds live at sea for most of the year. They return to remote islands during their summer nesting cycle. Gull Island, a series of jagged rocks twelve miles from Seldovia Museum and nine miles from the Pratt Museum, is situated in the middle of Kachemak Bay. This unique rookery hosts a nesting colony of over 15,000 birds, including 12,000 Black-legged Kittiwakes and 5,000 Common Murres.
For thousands of years people have utilized the valued resources at Gull Island. Like their ancestors before them, the Sugpiaq Alutiiq and Dena’ina Athabascan of this region continue to gather eggs in the springtime.
Gull Island is protected and off-limits to visitors except for approved Native harvest. This remote-controlled camera is currently operated from the public galleries of the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. Visit the museum to control the camera and explore Gull Island for yourself!