May 22, 2019
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Comments for: All 1,400 terns nesting on Metinic abandon island

  • Anonymous

    Sounds like they left when things took a “tern” for the worst…

    • Anonymous

       It’s really too bad, since one good tern deserves another.

    • Anonymous

      Its Lepages fault.

  • Anonymous

    “The trouble is you can’t shoot a gun in rain, fog and 50-mph winds” Sure do wish they’d told the VC that

    • Anonymous

       I’ve shot a gun in snow, 50-mph winds and come home with eiders. What’s up here?

      • Anonymous

         The shotgun used to scare the gulls has no load in the shells….its just for noise. 50 mph wind reduces the sound from the round being fired down to where it can only be heard for a few yards . That aint gonna scare nothin….

  • Anonymous

    Maybe they got tired of people watching them.

    • Ben Hutchins

       “Ah, jeez, it’s those ornithology students again.  This neighborhood’s going to hell.”

  • Guest

    Just over the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen more terns here downeast than I’ve ever seen in my life.  Not sure if they’re nesting somewhere nearby, but they’ve been feeding like crazy on bait fish.

  • Guest

    That’s ignorant. It is a job.
    They are smart kids gaining experience for their future jobs.

    • Anonymous

      Just how smart can they really be if they expectt us to believe they couldn’t manage to shoot some seagulls in the wind and rain? Guns work just fine in the rain, and if gulls could fly and attack teens in the wind, then it wasn’t blowing too hard to shoot. Either they are very inept or they didn’t care enough about the terns to go outside and get wet.

      Why do we care which island terns choose to nest on?

      • Anonymous

        Young man and a young girl on a deserted island. I wonder what could of kept them from doing their job.

        • Anonymous

          I wonder what could have kept you from learning English.

          • Anonymous

            Bob Seger- TERN the Page

      • Anonymous

        The guns are not for shooting the gulls, they fire empty loads to scare them off. In 50mph winds the sound doesn’t carry enough to scare anything.

  • Anonymous

    Good idea !
    Your taxes can go toward paying Lepage’s kid and mine can go toward these kids.

  • The terns have not shown up Frenchman Bay as they usually do by now. Usually see lots of em while digging clams. haven’t seen em yet. 

    These kids are doing good research and science. These kids ARE working in reality. Some of you responders should try it once in a while. I  know, it’s hard…..

    The funding is well spent and may well lead to better understanding of ocean life including movement or status of fish stocks and ocean health in given areas. Too bad some can’t be bothered with complexity and just go straight to name calling. The heck with grasp of reality.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else wonder how the terns have survived for millions of years without our “help”? It is a strange conceit of recent generations that considers all species now existing on earth to represent some sort of “perfection” that must be preserved. Unless, of course, they eat us or bite us or are unattractive. Ninety per cent of all the species that have ever lived on this planet are extinct. Who are we to fool with Mother Nature?

    • Anonymous

      You live in a house or a cave?  If a house, then you’ve already decided to “mess with nature”.  We are part of “nature”, hence according to your own argument, anything we do is “natural”.  For example, if we decide that we want to help mitigate our impact on other species, that desire to help is “natural”.  If it isn’t, where did it come from, aliens?  Same with your house, barn, car, camper, whatever.. you desired for something to be different and you applied effort to that end.. hence you’re messing with mother nature.

      Your argument is a convenient ruse to use when you don’t agree with the priorities of the community you are a part of.  It would be more honest to just say so.

      • Anonymous

        Crapola…..

        • Anonymous

          No, he’s absolutely correct. If you have a valid alternate view, tell us what it is. Calling something “crapola” without a reason is itself crapola.

    • Anonymous

      Human activities have altered the balance of wildlife on those nesting islands.  Gull populations have exploded due to more available year-round food, and they are major predators on terns.

      Plus, terns are cuter than gulls . . .

    • Anonymous

       I would like to know how much tax money is spent on this study.  I have seen the new fancy trucks and very expensive boats they some of these yahoos use going out of Seal Cove to study the bird population.  At one time they poisoned thousands of sea gulls on an outer Island.  Leave mother nature alone and stop wasting tax payers money

      • Anonymous

        Read Mike C’s comment above. If you want to stop messing with mother nature, you should live naked in a cave.

      • Guest

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      • Alykins

         (copied and pasted from peachhorror below)

        I don’t think you understand. There are simply two student interns
        spending their summer on a desert island, essentially volunteering,
        conducting scientific research on behalf of U.S. Fish and Wildlife. If
        you’re worried about our tax dollars, I would look elsewhere.

        “On Metinic, interns Katie Chenard and David Bridges — both from the
        University of Maine — live in a small two-story home. The gray shingled
        home set on tawny fields near a pebbly coast looks like Andrew Wyeth
        painted it. Inside, it’s pretty bare-bones — a kitchen table, a desk, a
        coach, a poster to help identify birds. No bathroom — the outhouse is
        nearby.”
        http://bangordailynews.com/2012/07/18/news/midcoast/alone-on-a-maine-island-interns-spend-summers-helping-vulnerable-birds-survive/

  • Killah from Calais

    Head line reads ” Same sex lobsters have left Maine and Migrated to Massachusetts; for warmer water and more liberties”. Just watching the wildlife… 

  • Anonymous

    just a quick recap so I understand. These kids go on the island and clear grass from the nesting sites….kill snakes and use a shotgun to kill the gulls…..and they are wondering ‘where the Terns went”/
    Got it…….

    • Anonymous

      The shotgun fires blanks to scare off the gulls.

  • Anonymous

    Quick recap here….These kids stay on the island, clear grass from thier nesting sites, kill snakes and use a shotgun to kill gulls…and they are wondering ‘where have all the terns gone?”
    Got it…

  • Stephanie Barnes

    Oh my gosh these comments are ridiculous! You all have really messed up opinions about what goes on out there and why. I spent two weeks out there with them helping them out, and no the snakes aren’t killed. They’re invasive and eat eggs so they are removed and released here on the mainland. You can’t have a complete understanding of what goes on simply from general arcticle. Also, everything that needs to be done out there gets done. They’re doing their jobs perfectly fine. I don’t know where any of you got the idea that they aren’t getting anything done out there.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll say this for the terns:  they sure are better about coming to a consensus than humans…

  • Anonymous

    I blame Bush.

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