Assateague Voices is a podcast about Assateague Island, a 37-mile-long barrier island straddling the border between Maryland and Virginia. It comprises Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland’s Assateague State Park, and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. It is best known for its wild horses, brought to the public’s attention in Misty of Chincoteague, by Marguerite Henry.
What exactly is the mission of Assateague Voices? Originally, it was simply to present an audio document of the island today, through the people who live there, work there, play there, and call it home no matter where they’re from. And that’s still the mission. But as I visited more, interviewed more, and just hung out more, I became increasingly aware of how fragile the island is, how great the threats are to its existence, how quickly it’s disappearing, and how important it is to join with others dedicated to its protection and preservation.
Now, I don’t want to get all “Lost”-y and say that the island is a conscious place that contains the source of all life.* I will say, though, that the island has an important place in the consciousness of the millions of people who visit every year. I will say that it provides the sources of life–food, water, shelter–to hundreds of species, permanent and migratory, terrestrial and aquatic, that make it home.
So Assateague Voices’s mission is to present the life of a barrier island in the balance, advocate for its survival, and work together with other dedicated organizations to protect and preserve it. And let me just say, for the record, no @#$%@*& drilling. At all. Thank you.
*”108 Answers to Lost’s Supposedly Unanswered Questions,” Cody Johnston, cracked.com, June 22, 2012