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The Princess on a Button

March 23rd, 2019

The Princess on a Button

Yes, she is "cute as a button" on a button. This is a picture of Mieke's Noe'lani applied to a real pinback button. These are made by Zazzle, the well-known "Print on Demand" company. You can see more info and a shopping link on the AssateaguePony.com blog, specifically here: https://www.zazzle.com/assateaguepony.

Assateague Horse ID App by Assateague Island Alliance

March 23rd, 2019

Assateague Horse ID App by Assateague Island Alliance

Learn to identify the Assateague Horses with this new App



The Assateague Island Alliance launched launched an Assateague Horse ID app a while back to assists park visitors in learning more about the wild horse population. The Assateague Horse ID App from the Assateague Island Alliance is available for iOS and Android devices.

Assateague Horse ID App
Ashlie Kozlowski (Assateague Island Alliance, AIA, Outreach Coordinator) said, “AIA is so excited to offer Assateague Horse ID as a new resource for visitors to the Assateague Parks to discover the horses in the Maryland herd. Not only will the app provide a tangible, hands-on approach for users to learn about the horses but it will also provide a new platform to reach the public to tell the story of the wild Assateague horses, the do’s and don’ts of human/horse interactions, and the delicate balance that is maintained to keep the horses healthy as well as the island on which they depend.”

Download the Assateague Horse ID App from Assateague Island Alliance today to start identifying horses on Assateague Island National Seashore. Search for the app on your device: Apple App Store and/or Google Play.

Assateague Island and Assateague Pony Greeting Cards

March 23rd, 2019

Assateague Island and Assateague Pony Greeting Cards

Greeting Cards are now available with scenes from Assateague Island.



These greeting cards are 5″x7″ in size and are produced on digital offset printers using 100 lb. paper stock. Each card is coated with a UV protectant on the outside surface which a semi-gloss finish and are even Suitable For Framing.

The inside of each card has a matte finish and can be customized with your own message up to 500 characters in length. Each card comes with a white envelope for mailing or gift giving.

These greeting cards are very reasonably priced and available as singles or in packs of 10 or 25. They usually ship within 1-2 days. Order yours now

Mieke's Noe'lani Portrait N2BHS-AIO

March 23rd, 2019

Mieke

Portrait photograph of Mieke’s Noe’lani.



Affectionately known as the “Princess” this sorrel filly with a tiny star on her forehead is Mieke’s Noe’lani, N2BHS-AIO. She was born in 2016 and her name means “Mieke’s beautiful girl from heaven.

Photographed as she was facing directly into the camera, this Assateague Wild Horse was seen grazing in the developed campground area of Assateague Island National Seashore. Her dam was N2BHS-AI Chama Wingapo who, very sadly, died in the Fall of 2017 from eating dog food.

Mieke’s Noe’lani is often seen with Susi Sole and Delegate’s Pride, AKA Chip. She was grazing with them when this photograph was taken.

Wall art, prints, decor, mugs and more of each of these Assateague Ponies are available

Assateague Island Alliance - AIA

March 23rd, 2019

Assateague Island Alliance - AIA

The Assateague Island Alliance is a “Friends Group” for the Assateague Island National Seashore.



“Created by Congress in 1965, Assateague Island National Seashore (AINS) was established to preserve the outstanding Mid-Atlantic coastal resources of Assateague Island and its adjacent waters and the natural processes upon which they depend, and to provide high quality resource-compatible recreational opportunities. Just over a decade ago the Assateague Island Alliance was formed as a “friends group” to help support the AINS.” *

Park friends groups assist parks in supporting park programs and projects.
“In the fall of 2007 a group of interested individuals met with staff from Assateague Island National Seashore to create the first and only friends group dedicated solely to the purpose of supporting the preservation, education, stewardship, and recreational opportunities of the National Seashore.” * Hence, the Assateague Island Alliance** was formed in 2008. The AIA performs as a benevolent association to supplement or augment the many services of the Park.

Adopt a Pony! One of the programs that is quite popular is the Assateague Foster Horse Program, which is administered by the AIA. We recently became proud “foster parents” of Assateague Wild Horse, Mieke’s Noe’lani, a Sorrel filly born in 2016. We like the idea of telling friends we adopted an Assatague Pony but we like, even more, that fact that was were able to contribute to a good cause by doing that.

We even had our Mieke’s Noe’lani photo put onto a button – because she is as cute as a button – and a coffee mug and had it made into a greeting card.

Before the AIA...
Before 2008, the National Park Service at Assteague Island National Seashore had no specific “friends group” to help with the management objectives of the NPS and the AINS. Such goals include recreational, educational, interpretive, preservation, ecologic and scientific objectives.

More to come…

Assateague Pony Population Is On Target, Wild and Healthy

March 23rd, 2019

Assateague Pony Population Is On Target, Wild and Healthy

The Assateague Wild Horse Population Is Within Goals.



The National Park Service recently announced the completion of a March, 2018 census of the Assateague Wild Horse population. There are currently 82 horses in the census, which meets the “best practices” goal of maintaining between 80 and 100 horses living on the Maryland portion of Assateague Island.Ponies on the marsh

The Maryland herd currently consists of 61 mares and 21 stallions. Those numbers include the foals (youngsters) which have not yet officially reached the age of being classed as a mare or a stallion, but is indicative of the female to male ratio.

From a National Park Service publication: It is important to limit the number of wild horses on Assateague. Left to themselves, the horses will quickly destroy the barrier island environment that sustains them.

The National Park Service (NPS) wanted a safe, effective way to control overpopulation. Researchers working in conjunction with the NPS developed a non-hormonal, non-invasive vaccine to prevent pregnancy. This vaccine is delivered by a dart to the hindquarters of selected mares each spring.

To keep the gene pool as large as possible each mare is allowed to have one offspring. This vaccine has successfully lowered the birth rate of Maryland’s horses to only a few foals per year – enough to ensure a sustainable population.

Adopt a Pony - the Assateague Foster Horse Program

March 23rd, 2019

Adopt a Pony - the Assateague Foster Horse Program

Yay! We are Foster Parents! Of a Assateague Pony, that is.



The first part of that statement raised a few eyebrows among our friends when we first posted it on Facebook. LOL Then people realized we were visiting the Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland. We became a part of (and contributors to) the Assateague Foster Horse Program by adopting one of the Assateague Wild Horses.

“Our” pony was born in 2016 and is named Mieke’s Noe’lani [N2GHS-AIO]. Some people call her “The Princess” – because she looks like one. Right? She is a Sorrel filly (mare/female). Her name means “Mieke’s beautiful girl from heaven.”

The Foster Horse Program is, of course, a fund raising source for the Assateague Island Alliance. The “AIA” is a quasi-official support group for the National Park Service at Assateague island.

Here’s what you get… (what we received)

Assateague Foster Horse Program Documents

A nice certificate folder to hold an 8×10 color photograph of “our” adopted pony and an official-looking adoption certificate of the “Assateague Island National Seashore Foster Horse Program”
A biography of our newly adopted horse
A map of where the horse usually resides – where we may be able to see her.
A newsletter entitled “Horsing Around” that contains interesting/educational information.
A paper for tax purposes. The “fair market value” of the packet was listed at $15.00 – and states that “any amount over that may be tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.” That is another good reason to adopt a wild horse in the Assateague Foster Horse Program.
Here’s how to adopt a horse in the Foster Horse Program
Sign up right at the Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Center. The cost at the time we “adopted” our foster horse was $32.00. The adoption took place “on the spot” and could not have been easier. Because the funds go to support the Assateague Island Alliance and not directly to the park the adoption fee must be paid in cash or by check.

Our take on adopting one of the Assateague Ponies…
…was to adopt a young horse so we could follow it’s life into the future. We adopted at the AINS Visitor Center and we chose a horse, Mieke’s Noe’lani, that lives in an area of the park where we often visit. Many of the horses only live in the southern portion – the OSV (Over Sand Vehicle) area – where relatively few people have access. We no longer have a four-wheel drive car nor the stamina (LOL) to hike for hours over the sand.

My Assateague Pony book arrived today.

March 23rd, 2019

My Assateague Pony book arrived today.

My Assateague Pony book arrived today.

That puts me in Happy Camper mode. I had ordered a copy of The Assateague Ponies by Ronald R. Keiper (available at Amazon, of course) because a person “in the know” suggested it would help me understand the unique identification system used at Assateague Island National Seashore to identify the wild horses.

The book has much more information than just about the ID system in use at the National Park. I am still in “learning mode” concerning the Wild Horses of Assateague Island and believe that learning more about these beautiful animals will help improve my photographs of them.

I will provide a short “review” of the text after I finish reading it…

Whispering In My Ear

March 26th, 2018

Whispering In My Ear

Just whispering in one another's ears - or is this a "Who's the boss?" conversation?