Genealogies of the animals are available from this site, but an updated list of animals in each troop, radio collar colors, and radio frequencies can be supplied by Von Kment at Kment7@msn.com. Researchers bring their own laptop computers and research equipment. They have wireless internet access at the cabins, laboratory, and kitchen. Studies requiring laboratory space need to be scheduled with the Superintendent, since the laboratory is used by other groups. Some laboratory equipment is available. A loan of replacements for broken equipment usually can be arranged.
General maps are available on this site, including a version in GPS Trackmaker Pro, an inexpensive and simple to use GPS mapping software that takes downloads from ordinary handheld GPS units. A GIS version is available from the Director at email@example.com.
Housing on the island is in rather quaint air conditioned cabins with tile baths and even a swimming pool. Linens are supplied. There are no stores on the island, and a trip to the mainland is time consuming and may take island staff time, so be very careful to bring all toiletries and food needed.
On arrival guests are supplied with an island handheld radio and a vehicle, usually a John Deere Gator ATV. If needed, a tracking radio and antenna may also be borrowed. Staff usually can introduce a new researcher to the animals and bring them up to date on troop behavior. They can also point out identifying marks on lemurs too young to have collars.
The staff is not equipped to teach lemur observation or behavior. Beginners should be accompanied by a mentor, or should make arrangements with the Director for on-site coaching.
Leaving the island to shop or take an overnight break should be arranged in advance, with coordination with others travelling back and forth expected. Trips take half an hour each way and require an experienced boat pilot. Recreational use of the beach is encouraged.
While the island is as warm as would be expected for the southeastern coast, wind chill can make extended observations from Fall through Spring very cold without multiple layers of clothing. Thick brush, particularly saw palmetto, is common. Chiggers, ticks, gnats, and mosquitoes are seasonal pests on St. Catherine’s Island. Permanone is recommended for field clothing and Deet for immediate use. Head nets are recommended for observing when gnats are particularly bad. Researchers should be prepared for field conditions, even though living conditions are quite good on the island.