Friday, June 06, 2014
Bird club to meet
The Hampshire Bird Club will hear about efforts to restore nesting terns, puffins and other seabirds at its monthly meeting, June 9 at 7:15 p.m. in the Immanuel Lutheran Church Hall at 867 North Pleasant St., Amherst. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Stephen Kress, vice president for bird conservation at the National Audubon Society, who has directed the society’s seabird restoration efforts in the Gulf of Maine for more than 40 years, is the speaker. The restoration work now includes 13 islands off Maine.
Many threatened seabirds, which come to land only to nest, have been chased from the once-isolated islands that had provided them with a safe refuge. And some of the techniques developed by Kress and his staff to coax the birds to return to Maine islands they had abandoned are now used by seabird biologists around the world.
Still, seabirds continue to face manmade and natural threats around the world ranging from volcanos in the Sea of Japan to Caribbean hurricanes. Other seabirds, including herring gulls and great black-backed gulls, whose populations have soared with the proliferation of inland as well as coastal garbage dumps, can take over the nesting islands for their own use. And on the Maine islands, the smaller seabirds also have to deal with recovering populations of once endangered bald eagles and peregrine falcons.
For more information and directions see http://hampshirebirdclub.org