Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge

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Cross Island National Wildlife Refuge

Maine

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Overview

The Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge contains more than 50 offshore islands and four coastal parcels, totaling more than 8,100 acres. The complex spans more than 250 miles of Maine coastline and includes five national wildlife refuges -- Petit Manan, Cross Island, Franklin Island, Seal Island, and Pond Island. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the refuge complex as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

The Service's primary focus at Maine Coastal Islands Refuge is restoring and managing colonies of nesting seabirds. Refuge islands provide habitat for common, Arctic, and endangered roseate terns; Atlantic puffins; razorbills; black guillemots; Leach's storm-petrels; herring, greater black-backed, and laughing gulls; double-crested and great cormorants; and common eiders. Over the last 25 years, the Service has worked to reverse the decline in these birds' populations. As a result, many species have returned to islands where they nested historically.

In addition to seabirds, wading birds and bald eagles nest on refuge islands. The mainland divisions provide habitat for songbirds, shorebirds, and waterfowl, as well as opportunities for bird watching and hiking.

Map of Cross Island NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 44.610268, -67.291260

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Park Partners

Friends of Maine Seabird Islands

The mission of the Friends of Maine Seabird Islands is to support Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge in its efforts to conserve, protect, and enhance the rich diversity of coastal habitats, seabird, and other wildlife. Friends of Maine Seabird Islands was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in July 2002 and received 501(c)(3) tax status from the IRS in May 2003.

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Driving

Cross Island refuge's six offshore islands are located 10 miles southeast of Machias in Machias Bay. The islands can be accessed by personal boat only. Cross and Scotch Islands are open year round from sunrise to sunset. Mink, Inner and Outer Double Head Shots, and Old Man Islands are open during daylight hours from September 1 to March 31 and closed during the nesting season from April 1 to August 31. For more information, contact Refuge Manager at (207) 546-2124

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