location: Seal Island, Maine best viewing hours: 7:00am - 8:00pm time zone: Eastern Time
Arctic Terns make the longest migration of any creature on earth. This sea bird flies the equivalent of three round trips to the Moon, or more than 1.25 million miles, in its lifetime. Arctic Terns can live up to 34 years. Fiercely defensive birds, Arctic Terns can repel many raptors and other predators such as foxes and cats. Larger Herring Gulls try to steal eggs and hatchlings from the nest.
Most Arctic Terns mate for life, and often return to the same nest each year. The nest on Maine’s Seal Island is a depression in the ground amid bare rocks and vegetation, where both parents shared incubation duties. Tern parents bring larger fish to chicks than they eat themselves. Arctic terns fledge after 21–24 days. While gulls are the largest threats to terns in Maine, food shortages due to overfishing and climate change may also be affecting populations.
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