Stratton Island is located in Saco Bay, 3 miles east of Old Orchard Beach, Maine is managed by Project Puffin and inhabited by seabird biologists throughout the summer. See what life is like for a seabird biologist here.
Bird banding (also known as bird ringing) is one of the most effective ways to study the biology, behavior, movement, longevity, breeding productivity, sources of mortality, and population demographics of birds. The north side of Stratton Island is dominated by a pygmy maritime deciduous forest that provides vital nesting habitat for a number of wading bird species, including Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron, Little Blue Heron, and Glossy Ibis. During the annual wading bird census, each nest in the wading bird colony (heronry) is identified and the number of eggs and/or chicks in each is counted and recorded.
seabird biologists spend seasons in the field learning as much as possible about these birds, including conservation and behavior. It’s not your average office, that’s for sure! Flip through our archival photo album and see more fantastic photographs here.