Coastal Islands

Port Clyde reflections
The 50 islands of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge are rugged and wild. They are home to hundreds of bird species and harbor seals.

Like so many wild places that shelter wildlife, these islands need more protections. We’re working to win protections for some of the islands that are most important for nesting birds.

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge

More than 50 islands and 4 areas on the mainland make up the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. 

Work we’re doing

We’re working to protect the islands with the most critical wildlife habitat. Along with local groups like the Friends of the Maine Seabird Islands, we’re pushing Congress to designate 13 of the islands as protected wilderness.

Importance of Maine coastal islands

The Maine coastal islands are home to more than 300 types of birds, including:

  • Puffins
  • Bald eagles
  • Endangered arctic terns

The islands are a haven for birds and birders alike. Guaranteeing protections for these islands is critical to ensuring that the birds have safe places to nest.

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