- Seabird Restoration Decoys
Seabird Restoration Decoys
The very first decoys we carved for a restoration project were Atlantic Puffins for Dr. Stephen Kress' work with Audubon's Seal Island Project here in the Gulf of Maine. That was back in the late 80s or early 90s. More recently we have been called upon to carve various Terns for projects not only here in the US but in Canada, the UK, and in the Netherlands as well. We've also fielded inquiries for Red Footed Boobies and Northern Gannets.
Our decoys are carved of pine and cedar to our own patterns, though that's not to say we can't carve something else. Not surprisingly, most project directors have a particular pose in mind. The decoys are usually in an incubating pose and painted breeding colors, but not always. The advantage of carved decoys is that we can make them to suit your needs. We learned early on, for example, that decoys attract their feathered counterparts better if their head positions vary, so we make the heads separately and attach them to look left and right as well as straight ahead. That takes longer, but from all reports, the decoys work better, and that after all is the point.
Once carved and sanded they are sealed, and then painted with long-lasting acrylics. We can make a couple or cases of them, such as the recent order for 300 Forster's Terns form the Department of the Interior. For larger orders our Tern decoys are packed and shipped in 25 x 25 x 25" double wall boxes with 32 decoys per box. Packed, the box weighs approximately 50 pounds, and shipping is quoted on an individual basis. Air freight is the usual mode of transport for both domestic and foreign orders, and for decoys at least, the shipper charges according to dimensional rather than the actual weight.
Further information and photos are available by following the links below. We make all of these, even though we haven't yet dedicated a web page to every one...
We also make Common Murres and Razorbills (both standing and floating)
For the sake of full disclosure, not all of the working decoys in this category are for restoration projects. Some, called Safety Decoys, are used to help gently relocate colonies. On Wake Island out in the South Pacific, for example, our Sooty Terns are deployed to another part of the atoll away from the runway's flight line.