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Razorbill Decoys


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Commissioned by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife for use on the downeast Maine Coast, these decoys are cork bodied and ballasted to ride right on the water. (This photo was taken prior to adding their ballast keels.) We make them with wooden bodies as well, with or without ballast keels. They are actually hunting decoys, though no one hunts them. The Razorbill, Alca torda, is on the List of Migratory Bird Species Protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act as of December 2, 2013.

To quote the FEASIBILITY STATEMENTS FOR RAZONBILLS Prepared by MaryEllen Wickett, "The Razorbill's breeding population in Maine is vulnerable because they nest on only a few islands. There is a need for outreach activities to promote an awareness and understanding of this nesting seabird, including its habitat requirements. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Audubon Society have already made significant contributions to this effort."

We also offer Razorbills as decoratives, in resting as well as standing poses. These guys in the photo below are also lifesize, and have carved cedar or pine bodies rather than cork.



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