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What Seabirds Tell Us About the Health of the Gulf of Maine
Thursday, August 1, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Each summer, on a small island just off Maine & New Hampshire’s coast, researchers from the Shoals Marine Laboratory work to save and protect threatened and endangered seabirds called terns. Dr. Jennifer Seavey, the John M. Kingsbury Executive Director will discuss that terns experience more of the globe in their lifetimes than most other species — traveling close to 60,000 miles in a year. But each summer, they return to Seavey Island, the largest tern colony in the Gulf of Maine. Working with the birds is helping the researchers both protect the species and understand more about the health of the Gulf of Maine, especially commercially important fisheries such as lobster and the impact ocean plastics is having on them.