Old Man Island lies just beyond the mouth of Little Machias Bay, about four miles southwest of Cutler. This important wildlife island is small and treeless.

Ornithological Summary

This is an extremely important seabird island at the edge of the ?Bold Coast?. This site is especially well known for its large colony of Razorbills with 160 pairs present in 1999. Numerous other seabirds nest here as well, including Double-crested Cormorants, Common Eiders, Black Guillemots, Leach?s Storm-petrels, and gulls. Of note, in 1907, this island supported the only two remaining pairs of eiders nesting on the entire coast of Maine.

Conservation Issues

This island was one of the first to come into conservation ownership by a government agency in coastal Maine. It is zoned Significant Wildlife Habitat under Maine?s Natural Resources Protection Act.


The island is owned by U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and managed as part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Access to this seabird nesting island is restricted from April 1 through August 31.

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