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General Information

Description - Cross Island is a forested land of islands with stands of yellow birch and inhabited by white-tailed deer accompanying eagles and osprey. Waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors stop here on their migrations.

Attractions - Cross Island NWR is an island complex donated to the FWS by Thomas and Virginia Cabot. Located in Cutler, the complex includes Cross Island , Scotch Island, Outer Double Head Shot, Inner Double Head Shot, Mink and Old Man Island.

Cross, Mink, and Scotch are forested islands. Cross Island hosts mature stands of yellow birch, populations of furbearers, white-tailed deer, and nesting eagles and osprey. Waterfowl, shorebirds and raptors stop here on their migrations. Atlantic Salmon Inc. has had an aquaculture site just offshore Northwest Head since 1987.

Hurricane Island Outward Bound runs a camp on Cross Island. The Double Head Shots and Old Man are grass covered and are important to colonial nesting seabirds, attracting colonies of eiders, Leach's storm petrels, black guillemots, and double-crested cormorants. Old Man Island is one of only four nesting sites for razorbills in the Gulf of Maine.

Recreation - Wildlife viewing and nature photography is enjoyed by those traveling along SR 191 and south into the set of islands.

Climate - Visitors to the Down East / Acadia Region may expect to find daytime winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer brings southwesterly winds and temperatures averaging above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (above 20 Celsius). The region receives an average of more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - Island South of Machias Bay in Southeast Maine off SR 191.


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Contact Information:
Cross Island NWR, P.O. Box 279 , Milbridge, ME, 04658-0279, Phone: 207-546-2124
, r5rw_pmnwr@fws.gov

Additional Information:
Down East / Acadia Region - The vast Down East Region offers sweeping views of Canada and the North Atlantic.
Maine Lakes and Ponds - Maine's wilderness environment includes over 3,000 sprawling lakes and ponds. In addition, there are over 32,000 miles of rushing streams and rivers. Visitors and residents enjoy some of the best fishing, whitewater boating and paddleboating opportunities on the East Coast.
Maine National Wildlife Refuges - Maine's National Wildlife Refuges maintain an environment for nesting seabirds and migratory birds while offering a home to numerous species of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and plant life.

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