Seabird Island News - Vol. 2 - 02 June 2023

Working on a seabird island is hard work, but sunsets like this make it all worth it! Photo: Matinicus Rock

Island teams are now complete, as the final deployment of researchers have made their way to their summer homes. This year’s Outreach and Communications assistant, Celeste, spent time on Seal Island NWR learning about life on the island and the birds featured on our cams. Education and Outreach assistants, Lucy, Hannah, and Jessie have spent time on Eastern Egg Rock to share their experience during their interpretations at the Project Puffin Visitor Center, and on Hardy Boat and Cap’n Fish’s Puffin Cruises. 

The skies are alive above the Gulf of Maine.

More terns are returng to the islands, and along with them, increased courtship behaviors and nests are being discovered! Bird banding and resighting stints are also on the rise. Predator management has also been a theme of the week. Researchers have been chasing away Black-Crowned Night Herons on Stratton Island, scaring away hundreds of gulls from Eastern Egg Rock, and a sly mink was even trapped on Pond Island NWR.  

Seal Island's cams are live!

These are "egg-citing" times on the cams! Willie and Millie, our puffin pair on Seal Island, are busy incubating an egg in their on-cam burrow. Puffin parents usually take turns with incubation duties. While one forages or searches for nesting material, the other dutifully remains on the egg. Talk about teamwork!

Island Highlights

Egg Rock researchers were surprised to find a tern egg with no shell! Photo: Eastern Egg Rock
This pair of terns were tap dancing on the roof of the Pond Island kitchen! Photo: Pond Island NWR

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