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NPS announced temporary closure due to nesting birds

Posted: July 3, 2014 - 11:00pm

The superintendent of Glacier Bay, Philip Hooge, announced the closure of a small island south of Leland Island to protect a high concentration of nesting seabirds. The closure is in effect from June 28 to 5 a.m. July 28.

The small island, approximately one-quarter of a nautical mile south of Leland Island, will be temporarily closed to foot traffic and a minimum approach distance of 100 yards. The purpose is to protect high concentrations of nesting seabirds by minimizing human caused disturbances and mortalities of chicks.

Visitors are reminded that disturbance to wildlife is prohibited under NPS Code of Federal Regulations 36 2.2(a)(2), and boaters should not approach wildlife at distances that cause the animals to change their behavior. Visitors to Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve can contact the Visitor Information Station at 907-697-262 for the most current information regarding closures and other regulations in Glacier Bay.

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