The Science of Seabirds

The Science of Seabirds, developed in partnership with Shoals Marine Laboratory and University of New Hampshire, highlights seabird ecology research taking place on the Isles of Shoals—specifically, research on the diets of common terns that inhabit White and Seavey Islands.

The Gulf of Maine is one of the fastest-warming regions on the planet, with 2022 data showing that it is warming faster than 97% of the world’s ocean.* As ocean temperatures rise, it can impact marine ecosystems and the distribution of species. By observing common terns, and identifying the types of fish they are consuming and where they are catching them, researchers are learning about the health of, and changes in, our fish stocks and local coastal ecosystem.

The Science of Seabirds provides an opportunity for visitors to see what it is like to be a research scientist working in the field first-hand, through interactive learning stations and bird watching in nature.

The Science of Seabirds was generously sponsored by New Hampshire Sea Grant with contributions and support from the following partners and donors:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; New Hampshire Audubon; New Hampshire Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program; School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire; Shoals Marine Laboratory, University of New Hampshire and Cornell University; United States Fish and Wildlife Service; New Hampshire State Wildlife Grants; University of New Hampshire Department of Biological Sciences; Berwick Academy Students; Tim Briggs, Photography and Videography, New Hampshire Sea Grant; Shawn Loughlin, Artist; Ron Watson Photography; Kristen Weyrick-Scott, Felt Pals

* Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Gulf of Maine Warming Update 2022

Seacoast Science Center will be CLOSED today: Friday, April 5, 2024. Our utilities are currently down and need to get repaired before we are able to open for visitors. Thank you for your understanding. 

CLOSED today.

Seacoast Science Center is closed today due to inclement weather.