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:

Another good map here, halfway down the page:

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 [] 
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. 

Magnus Fiskesjö, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
McGraw Hall, Room 201. Ithaca, NY 14853, USA
E-mail:, or:

Affiliations at Cornell University, WWW:
Anthropology Department,
Southeast Asia Program (SEAP),
East Asia Program (EAP),
CIAMS (Archaeology),
Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA),
Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS),
[] on behalf of Sandra Lynn Babcock 
Sent: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 6:01 PM
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.


Sandra Babcock

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