To celebrate St. Lazaria Island’s centennial as a bird refuge, local agencies hosted the first public tour of the island, where 500,000 seabirds make their nests.
100 years ago, Teddy Roosevelt set aside St. Lazaria Island as a wildlife refuge. Today the island is the nesting site for more than half-a-million sea birds. To celebrate its centennial, local agencies teamed up to lead the first-ever public walking tour of the island. A small group of birdwatchers and nature buffs recently embarked on a rare adventure, one that may signal an opening of the island to public visitation.
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