Program to tell about restoration of seabirds in Gulf of Maine April 26

Apr 13, 2018
Courtesy of: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Puffins are seen in their burrow.

Rockland — Susie Meadows, manager of Project Puffin Visitor Center, will give a talk on restoring endangered seabirds at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center, 9 Water St., Thursday, April 26 at 2 p.m.

Meadows will discuss some of the factors limiting Maine seabird populations, and will discuss how techniques developed by Project Puffin have led to the restoration of puffins and terns to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. Humans have devastated seabird colonies in many parts of the world by excessive hunting for food and feathers and by introducing mammals such as cats and rats to otherwise secure nesting islands.

Although seabird nesting islands seem safe because of their remoteness, they are intimately connected to human activities, which can limit and deter migratory birds like puffins and terns from nesting. Donations accepted. For more information, call 594-0600 ext. 5, or visitt mainecoastislands.org.

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