National Wildlife Refuge
|PO Box 1735
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Rockland, ME 04841
Phone Number: 1 207 594-0600
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Pond Island National Wildlife Refuge
Pond Island NWR is managed by Maine Coastal Islands NWR Complex.
Pond Island NWR is a 10-acre island located in the mouth of the Kennebec River adjacent to Popham Beach. The U.S. Coast Guard transferred the island to the Fish and Wildlife Service in 1973 and still maintains the historic light house on the island. The treeless character and grass, forb, and shrub cover provides excellent habitat for nesting seabirds. In 1996, the Service, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and National Audubon Society initiated a tern restoration program on Pond Island. In 1999, ten pairs of common terns successfully nested producing the first tern chick in more than 60 years. Today the island supports about 135 pairs of nesting terns. Common eiders also nest on Pond Island and during the fall migration, a variety of shorebirds, songbirds, and raptors can be seen there.
Getting There . . .
Pond Island is located in the mouth of the Kennebec River 16 miles northeast of Portland and adjacent to Popham Beach. The island can be accessed by personal boat only. Pond island is open during daylight hours from September 1 to March 31 and closed to public access during the seabird nesting season from April 1 to August 31. For more information, contact Refuge Manager at (207) 594-0600, ext.2.
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The Service works with National Audubon Society to restore seabirds populations and protect wildlife habitats on Pond Island. Each year Audubon researchers and Refuge biologists collect information on seabird populations, food habits, and productivity, and work to control predators such as great black-backed and herring gulls.