Visit Seabird Breeding Colonies
Seabirds spend 90% of their lives at sea. Some pelagic birders spend
100% of their seabird birding hours looking for seabirds at sea.
They miss breeding activity which can be the most exotic and interesting
of bird behaviors. After you have enjoyed watching these birds at sea
the next step is to see them on the breeding grounds. Here are some
places close to home you can visit in Maine, Canada and Newfoundland.
For more distant colonies see Wandering Birder.Seabirds have evolved to
be efficient at sea. They are most vulnerable on the breeding grounds.
Make sure you learn and follow all the rules to protect the
Location of Colonies on north east coast North America
Coast of Maine
On the coast of Maine north of Bar Harbor in an area referred to as
"Down East" by natives, is the small town of Machias which can serve as
a jumping off spot to visit Machias Seal Island. You can also reach the
island from Canada.
Cape Breton Island Nova Scotia
Bird Island is reached by boat from Cape Breton Island on the northern
part of Nova Scotia.
Gaspé Peninsula Quebec Province Canada-
Bonaventure Island, the second largest Gannet Colony in the world is found on the Gaspé
Peninsula which juts into the Gulf of St. Lawrence from Quebec Province
Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland
Cape St. Mary and the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve are located on the
Avalon Peninsula of eastern Newfoundland.