Friday, March 26, 2010

Maine: Saving Hog Island

My piece on efforts to resurrect the famed Hog Island Audubon camp in Maine's Muscongus Bay is the topic of my Talk of Maine column in the current issue of Down East. The article just posted online.

The storied birdwatching camp -- operated by Maine Audubon Society for the past decade -- closed down after the 2008 season when losses became too much for its parent to bear. But the program is back this year under the direction of Steve Kress of Project Puffin fame. As you can read in the article, if it has a successful season, it may get a new lease on life, though negotiations between Maine Audubon (which effectively holds a lease to the island), National Audubon (which technically owns it) and potential partners are ongoing.

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