Preserving our magnificent seabird populaton is a balancing
act. Birders and vacationers are naturally drawn to Maine's
enchanting seabird islands. The birds, of course, have their
own agenda when they touch down after their long migration for breeding, egg laying
and feeding their young. Access to seabird nesting habitat
is restricted during this crucial period, or that year's nesting effort may be lost.
This sign will convey that
the posted island is "off limits" to visitors during the
Friends of Maine Seabird Islands has
acquired the funding for producing and installing signs
on protected seabird islands. We installed approximately 150 signs during the 2005-2006
season, with the help of volunteers and staff.
The signs measure two feet square and are placed at 100 primary landing
The sign is designed to stand alone as a symbol
conveying the message that the posted island should not be landed
on during the seabird nesting season. In order to familiarize boaters
with the sign image, we distributed printed
materials as part of the annual Maine boat registration process,
provided information at public boat launching ramps and harbormaster
offices, and distributed materials through local marinas and other
coastal businesses. We also sent out our message to the media.