Maine ornithologist Alfred O. Gross reported 20 eider pairs nesting on Old Man I
Maine ornithologist Alfred O. Gross reported 20 eider pairs nesting on Old Man Island in the summer of 1907. Brad Allen of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said there were between 22,000 and 28,000 nesting eider pairs this spring on around 220 islands off the coast of Maine. Eider hunting was totally prohibited for several decades, but with the increased popularity of sea duck hunting the number of eiders killed by offshore hunters has increased from 6,000 in 1973 to 14,000 in 1993. The increased hunting, the popularity of Maine's offshore islands and the growing market for some of the favorite foods of brooding mother eiders is raising new concerns about the eider population's stability. Details.
Cole, John N., "Maine ornithologist Alfred O. Gross reported 20 eider pairs nesting on Old Man I" (1996). Maine News Index – Maine Times. 1852.