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Description - Pond Island National Wildlife Refuge is an island of grasses and shrubs which has attracted the common terns and Leach's storm-petrels. Back in the early 1980's the common gull took over the nest grounds. As of 1997, the terns have returned to nest.

Attractions - Pond Island National Wildlife Refuge, with its mixed grasses and shrubs, plays host to a variety of nesting seabirds including eider ducks and herring and black-backed gulls. It also provides habitat for migrating waterfowl and shorebirds. In the early 1970's the area was identified for its value to nesting common terns and Leach's storm-petrels. Neither of these species had been observed since the early 1980's when nesting gulls took over the island.

In 1996 a tern restoration program was initiated on Pond Island. Through a cooperative agreement, the National Audubon Society has manned the site from mid-May to August monitoring the seabird response to gull control and active social attraction through the use of decoys and sound systems. In 1997 five common terns nested on Pond Island after a sixty year absence.

Recreation - Wildlife viewing including bird watching and nature photography is enjoyed on the refuge.

Climate - The summer vacation haven of Mid Coast Maine sees winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (below -12 Celsius) and average summer temperatures above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). The Mid Coast Region receives on the average less than 38 inches (97 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - Pond Island NWR is a 10 acre treeless island located about 16 miles northeast of Portland, ME in the town of Popham Beach, Sagadahoc County.

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Contact Information:
Pond Island NWR, P.O. Box 279 , Milbridge, ME, 04658, Phone: 207-546-2124
, r5rw_pmnwr@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Maine Lakes and Ponds - Maine's wilderness environment includes over 3,000 sprawling lakes and ponds. In addition, there are over 32,000 miles of rushing streams and rivers. Visitors and residents enjoy some of the best fishing, whitewater boating and paddleboating opportunities on the East Coast.
Maine National Wildlife Refuges - Maine's National Wildlife Refuges maintain an environment for nesting seabirds and migratory birds while offering a home to numerous species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plant life.
Mid Coast Region - Mid Coast Maine may be the busiest of the coastal vacation spots with literally thousands of tiny rock laden coves and islands along the Atlantic Ocean.


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