Seabird Nesting Islands

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Publication Date: 20180330
Title: Seabird Nesting Islands
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Abstract: This dataset was developed in accordance with Maine's Natural Resources Protection Act (NRPA).  Under this Act, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) is designated as the authority for determining Significant Wildlife Habitats (SWHs).Since 1976, islands have been surveyed periodically (not annually) for seabirds. Seabird nesting islands (SNI) are defined as an island, ledge, or portion thereof in tidal waters that has 25 or more documented nests, adult seabirds associated with nests, or combination thereof (single species or aggregate of different species) in any nesting season since 1976 provided that the island, ledge, or portion thereof continues to have suitable nesting habitat. In addition, seabird nesting islands are also defined as an island, ledge, or portion thereof in tidal waters that has one or more documented nests of a seabird that is a Maine endangered or threatened species in any year since 1976 provided that the island, ledge, or portion thereof, continues to have suitable nesting habitat   Seabird Nesting Islands have been formally adopted as a NRPA Significant Wildlife Habitat through the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (MDEP) regulatory process.  The SNI dataset contains polygons that represent NRPA regulated coastal seabird nesting islands or portions thereof along the coast of Maine.  This coverage is included in the statewide seabird nesting island database maintained by MDIFW.  See metadata for "Seabird Islands (LUPC)" for descriptions of seabird islands under Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) jurisdiction (available through Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW)).  Other seabird nesting islands may exist that do not qualify for regulation under NRPA.  The dataset is a subset of the statewide coverage.
Purpose: Seabird nesting islands (SNI) in organized townships that qualify as Significant Wildlife Habitat under Maine's Natural Resource Protection Act (NRPA) as mapped by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
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Beginning Date: 20180330
Ending Date: 20180330
Currentness Reference: published date
Progress: Complete
Maintenance and Update Frequency: As needed
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Bounding Coordinates:
West Bounding Coordinate: -70.78
East Bounding Coordinate: -67
North Bounding Coordinate: 44.94
South Bounding Coordinate: 42.97
Theme Keyword Thesaurus: None
Theme Keyword: Maine
Theme Keyword: MaineIFW
Theme Keyword: MDIFW
Theme Keyword: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Theme Keyword: biota
Theme Keyword: environment
Theme Keyword: Seabird Nesting Island
Theme Keyword: Natural Resource Protection Act
Theme Keyword: NRPA
Theme Keyword: Significant Wildlife Habitat
Theme Keyword: SWH
Theme Keyword: geolibrary
Access Constraints: None
Use Constraints: Users must assume responsibility in determining the usability of these data for their purposes. Providing public access to wildlife habitat data is not intended as a substitute for consultation with MDIFW staff regarding permit applications or environmental reviews. If these data are to be used for NRPA purposes, the user must contact MDEP to obtain an official map of the area in question. Digital maps retain the accuracy of their source materials.   Distribution of these data to other users by anyone other than MDIFW, MDEP, or MEGIS is NOT authorized. Use of these data for identifying Seabird Nesting Islands under Maine’s Natural Resource Protection Act is the only use that is endorsed by MDIFW; other uses may or may not be valid.
Data Set Credit: Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
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Metadata Date: 20180330
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Contact Organization Primary:
Contact Organization: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
Contact Person: Jason Czapiga
Contact Position: GIS Coordinator
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Address Type: mailing and physical
Address: 650 State Street
City: Bangor
State or Province: Maine
Postal Code: 04401
Country: US
Contact Voice Telephone: 207-561-5620
Contact Electronic Mail Address:
Hours: M-F 8-5
Metadata Standard Name: FGDC Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata Standard Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998
Metadata Time Convention: local time