Howland Island once had farms, and there is an old network of dirt roads, now crisscrossing between recently created dams.
So, mostly one can just walk along those dirt roads, starting from either of the 2 access points, which is as far that one's car can go, and see the woods, the fields, and the dams. I would go online, find a detailed map, print, and bring while walking. F ex: https://friendsofmontezuma.org/visit-the-mwc/northern-montezuma/ https://friendsofmontezuma.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Northern-Montezuma-North-Public-Access-2016.jpg Another good map here, halfway down the page: https://cnyhiking.com/HowlandIsland.htm For a truly exhilarating experience, bring your mountain bike, as I did once. Then you can bike around everywhere. Or, your kayak, as I have heard people also do -- the "island" is surrounded by a river/canal, that becomes impassable in late summer. In late summer it also becomes mosquito hell. August is best avoided, if you don't have a head net, full gloves, and thick clothes -- I doubt there are sprays that can deal with the onslaught. Other than mosquito storms, there are also nasty flies that bite you quite painfully (in August, that is). So now is the time. ps. Alyssa Johnson at the Montezuma Audobon [alyssa.john...@audubon.org] recently did a brilliant session on Howland Island's history, online, with a Powerpoint. Very rewarding. But she later said the recording of the session on Zoom failed (as Zoom often does, apparently, routed through China and all), and she was going to re-record her presentation and upload it. But I can't find it on their webpage. --yrs. Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University McGraw Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA E-mail: magnus.fiske...@cornell.edu, or: n...@cornell.edu Affiliations at Cornell University, WWW: Anthropology Department, https://anthropology.cornell.edu/anthropology-faculty Southeast Asia Program (SEAP), https://seap.einaudi.cornell.edu/people/faculty East Asia Program (EAP), http://eap.einaudi.cornell.edu/people/core-faculty CIAMS (Archaeology), https://archaeology.cornell.edu/faculty Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), cipa.cornell.edu/academics/fieldfaculty.cfm Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS), http://pacs.einaudi.cornell.edu/people/steering-committee _________________ ________________________________________ From: bounce-124644828-84019...@list.cornell.edu [bounce-124644828-84019...@list.cornell.edu] on behalf of Sandra Lynn Babcock [slb...@cornell.edu] Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:01 PM To: CAYUGABIRDS-L Subject: [cayugabirds-l] Howland Island question I’m contemplating a trip to Howland Island tomorrow, but have never been before and am wondering if anyone has any tips. Are there specific routes that are better for birders? Do you recommend a driving loop or walking? Thanks for any insights you can offer. Best, Sandra Babcock Ithaca -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: Welcome and Basics<http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME> Rules and Information<http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES> Subscribe, Configuration and Leave<http://www.northeastbirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm> Archives: The Mail Archive<http://email@example.com/maillist.html> Surfbirds<http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds> BirdingOnThe.Net<http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html> Please submit your observations to eBird<http://ebird.org/content/ebird/>! -- -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://firstname.lastname@example.org/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --