Trip will aid birds



BAR HARBOR — The National Wildlife Refuge Association (NWRA) is forging a new partnership with the local group Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands (FOMSI) to assist in fund-raising efforts. The funds are needed to support the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge’s seabird restoration efforts in the Gulf of Maine.

On July 26 at 5 p.m., members of both groups are hosting an enhanced tour to Petit Manan Island to view seabirds. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company is sponsoring the trip aboard Friendship V out of One Harbor Place on West Street in Bar Harbor. The trip will include a chance to talk directly with refuge staff and island researchers. Wine and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a live auction, will enliven the trip.

Atlantic puffins are on many tourists “must go to Maine and see one” bucket list and are an important economic asset. More than 90 percent of Maine’s puffins nest and raise the next generation of puffins on refuge islands, which are managed intensively to help the birds.

Contact Carney Doucette, Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands, at 594-0600, ext. 5 or visit

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