This summer, an exciting discovery was made when SAFRING, the South African Bird Ringing Unit, reached out to Service biologists to report a silver bird band recovered on the coast of Transkei. Records show the band belonged to an Arctic tern, banded at Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in Maine! With very few bird band recoveries from Africa, this data will be valuable in learning more about this incredible shorebird.
DYK that the Arctic tern migrates across every ocean and within close proximity to each continent? Seal Island NWR is home to one of the largest tern breeding colonies in Maine, supporting over 2,000 pairs of Arctic and common terns. The refuge’s biologists band Arctic tern chicks each season to better understand their movements from year to year.
Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge
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