Gooseberry Island provides habitat for shorebirds, and nesting sites for guillemot, eider, herring and black-backed gulls.
Refuge conserves seabird habitat on Maine’s coast
Gooseberry Island in Hancock County, Maine is now part of Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, which is managed by the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex. The five-acre island was selected as a priority in the refuge’s 2005 comprehensive conservation plan’s acquisition list for its diversity of nesting seabirds, including common terns, common eiders, great black-backed gulls, herring gulls and Leach’s storm petrels. The Service’s primary focus at the refuge is colonial seabird restoration and management. Encompassing 57 offshore islands and four mainland units, the refuge complex totals more than 8,100 acres and provides nesting habitat for various seabird species including common, Arctic and endangered roseate terns, Atlantic puffins and razorbills. Maine Coast Heritage Trust referred the landowners to the Service, knowing that the refuge identified the island as significant seabird nesting habitat.
Published on: Wednesday, April 03,2013