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Cold, cold bathing (duckling style)

The Labrador Current carries water from northern Greenland down the Canadian coast, then swirls its iciness into the Gulf of Maine. On the Maine shore, waiting for the splash, are common eider ducklings: 504 more words


An Eventful Week on Metinic

While the terns have been settled on their nests incubating eggs, we had an eventful week here on Metinic Island!  The excitement began on Tuesday when a multi-agency group of biologists interested in common eiders came out to take blood samples from the hens for their ongoing genetic population analysis.  424 more words

Pop up ducks

Discovered: the most buoyant substance on earth… eider ducklings!

These tiny little fluff balls tackle the waves and waters of the alongshore North Atlantic with aplomb! 55 more words

An Egg-cellent Week on PMI

This week Petit Manan welcomes the remainder of our crew- Shelby and Jimmy! And with them they brought nesting terns and beautiful weather!

As our second week on Petit Manan comes to a close, we have given up our reign of the island to the birds. 243 more words

Things are Beginning to "Tern up" at Metinic!

Hi all!  Helen here!  My first week with the seabirds on Metinic Island has been full of exploring, birding, and learning new things!  We started out the week by rounding up all of the resident sheep and driving them to the southern end of the island where we put up an electric fence to keep them out of the tern colony for the season.  373 more words