Campaign for Crow – Crow Island, Thread of Life, South Bristol
“Crow Island” by Bragi Schut, Oil on paper laid on panel, 8-1/2″ x 15″
THANK YOU! The Campaign for Crow has been completed, save for receipt of pledged State of Maine funds.
Damariscotta River Association (DRA) completed the purchase of beautiful 2.9-acre Crow Island in South Bristol, Maine in January 2015. With the help of generous donors at all levels and a $75,000 loan from Maine Coast Heritage Trust*, we moved ahead with the purchase, completing an approximately $235,000 campaign. We have ensured the conservation of Crow Island’s scenic and wildlife values into the future.
*Borrowed against an award of $75,000 made by the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program but not yet received.
Crow Island is located on the east side of Christmas Cove and at the north end of the iconic ledges and deep channel known as the Thread of Life. The island helps to define the rugged coastal geography of Johns Bay. It is home to ground-nesting osprey and is part of a chain of islands that supports terns, eiders, and eagles, a significant cormorant colony, and several notable seal haul-outs (see map below). The project builds upon DRA and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) protection success from Outer White Island to Little Thrumcap Island (held by USFWS with DRA as the local steward).
Thanks to all who participated in the campaign, we will be able to conserve and manage the island for its scenic, wildlife, and recreational values.