Franklin Island NWR
The 12-acre Franklin Island NWR, located six miles from the town of Friendship in Muscongus Bay, supports nesting gulls, eiders, black-crowned night herons, Leach’s storm-petrels, and ospreys. The island is partially covered by red spruce with abundant raspberry thickets, grasses, and forbs.
Franklin Island is closed to public access during the seabird nesting season: April 1 to July 31. Refuge staff census the nesting seabirds every five years.
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