Important Bird Areas

Petit Manan - Jordan's Delight

Maine

The vegetation on this 27-acre island is predominately mixed grasses, raspberry, and Angelica with several pockets of spruce trees. Large granite cliffs dominate the western shore of the island.

Ornithological Summary

Common Eiders, Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls, Leach?s Storm-petrels, Black Guillemots, and Double-crested Cormorants nest on Jordan?s Delight. Throughout the winter months, Purple Sandpipers and Harlequin Ducks forage on and around the intertidal ledges surrounding the island. During migration, Peregrine Falcons frequently perch on the cliffs, waiting for passing songbirds to cross the open water.

Conservation Issues

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge recently acquired majority ownership of this island. A large home that had been constructed within the seabird colony has been removed. Human disturbance during the nesting season has been a problem. Oil spills and other forms of overboard discharge further threaten this island.

Ownership

Most (90% of the island) is in conservation ownership with Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The remaining land is privately owned with a conservation easement. The island is closed to public access during the seabird nesting season (April 1 ?August 31).