Title

The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, stretching from the New Hamp

Authors

Colin Woodard

Source

Down East

Date

4-1-2009

Pages

74-81, 112-115

Abstract

The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, stretching from the New Hampshire border to Machias Seal Island, is composed of some 50 islands that serve as sanctuaries for endangered seabirds. Scientists lure birds such as Arctic terns and puffins with decoys and audiotapes to establish fragile colonies that are easily disrupted. The refuge, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is restoring an ecology along with the birds. Interns and field scientists shoo gulls off the few managed nesting islands and keep an eye out for other predators. With details on the tight funding for such efforts.

Subjects

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Birds

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