Matthew Male

My View from Great Gull Island

Photos from the edge of The Sound

Exhibition opening Saturday, January 25, 5-8 PM.

Matthew Male will speak about work and his experiences on Great Gull Island in a talk at the Custom House on Sunday, February 16, at 2 PM.

At the Custom House, we have come to know Matthew Male as the unflappable leader of our annual volunteer trips to count tern nests & eggs out at Great Gull Island — a hair-raising experience quite unlike anything else! Matthew is a consumate birder — living for months during spring and fall migrations out on the island, alternately running bird walks and counts on the mainland, all the while photographing everything he sees. Last summer Matthew caught a phenemonal Monarch butterfly swarm on Great Gull, above, as the Monarchs passed through on their way to Mexico. He posts his images to facebook, where we all can see the wildlife off just our shore and be amazed.

Join us Saturday night, 5 to 8 PM, for the opening!

At 3, stop by the Shaw Mansion for the Historical Society’s 150 Annual Meeting.

See Matthew Male’s photographs at 5, then stop at Noodles for the chicken dumplings or Right Path for the Buddha bowl, and then wander the downtown.

It’s all part of the BIG HYGIENIC WINTER WEEKEND — Hygienic Art XLI | A Celebration of 41 Years of Visual Arts — the most fun you can have in New London in the middle of the winter!

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Custom House Maritime Museum

150 Bank Street, New London, CT, 06320

nlmaritimesociety.org

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My View from Great Gull Island

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Matthew Male at the Custom House Maritime Museum

Exhibition opens Saturday, January 25, 5-8 PM

 

       Common and Roseate Terns on Gull Island, April 2017, photograph. Matthew Male

 

New London, Connecticut – This Saturday, January 25, the Custom House Maritime Museum presents ‘Matthew Male: My View from Great Gull Island – Photos from the edge of the Sound.’  The opening takes place at the Custom House Maritime Museum, from 5 to 8 PM,in conjunction with the New London’s Hygenic Art Weekend. The Custom House Maritime Museum is located at 150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut, 860-447-2501, nlmaritimesociety.org. The event is free and open to the public.
At the Custom House, we have come to know Matthew Male as the unflappable leader of our annual volunteer trips to count tern nests & eggs out at Great Gull Island — a hair-raising experience quite unlike anything else!
Matthew Male became fascinated by birds at a young age. He remembers seeing his first Bald Eagle at age 6 — the bird was stealing a fish from an Osprey at Hamburg Cove, in nearby Lyme. In 1973 at age 13, Matthew first visited nearby Great Gull, NY, a Research Station owned by The American Museum of Natural History. He has returned almost every year since. School vacations were spent working with the seabirds — Common and Roseate Terns — that nest on the 17-acre island. Matt continues to build and maintain a series of blinds that island researchers use to observe birds and wildlife. He monitors habitat manipulation and vegetation control on the island. Matthew is a consumate birder — living for months during spring and fall migrations out on the island, alternately running bird walks and counts on the mainland, all the while photographing everything he sees. He posts his images to facebook, where we all can see the wildlife off just our shore and be amazed.
This winter, we invited Matthew to have a special exhibition of his photographs at the Custom House. The show opens on January 25. Matthew speaks about his work on Sunday, February 16, and we have a related talk about Monarch butterfly migration with Ron Gagliardi on Sunday, March 22.
In 2020, the Maritime Society is shifting its gaze to take in a wider view of our local environment: habitats, wildlife, fly ways, area fortifications (coming in April). Stay tuned for new programming posted at nlmaritimesociety.org.
Related events

  • Saturday, January 25, 5-8 PM. Opening:  MATTHEW MALE –  My View from Great Gull Island  –  Photos from the edge of the Sound  at the Custom House.
  • Sunday, February 16, at 2 PM. Matthew Male will speak about his photographs  and experiences on Great Gull Island at the Custom House.
  • Sunday, March 22, 2 PM. Monarch butterfly migration with Ron Gagliardi
Matthew’s photos will be on view at the Custom House through March 29, 2020. 
Join us this Saturday night, 5 to 8 PM, for the exhibition opening!
 
Come to our opening at 5, eat at Noodles & Rice for the chicken dumplings or Right Path Organic Cafe  for the Buddha bowl, and then wander downtown.
It’s all part of the BIG HYGIENIC WINTER WEEKEND — Hygienic Art XLI | A Celebration of 41 Years of Visual Arts— the most fun you can have in New London in the middle of the winter!

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About the Artist  
Coming late to digital photography, Matthew uses either his cell phone or digital camera  to record what he sees through his spotting scope (small portable telescopes). He post images almost daily on his personal Facebook page: Matthew Male, and posts images taken at Great Gull Island on his page: My View From Great Gull Island. Exhibition images are available for sale.
New London Maritime Society’s Custom House Maritime Museum is located at 150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut. The Custom House Maritime Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 1 to 5 PM, or by appointment – call 860-447-2501. Admission is free for NLMS members, children age 14 and younger, and active-duty military and their families; and $7 for all others.

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