MONTPELIER — Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the states of Vermont and New York are working to reduce the population of a non-native sea bird species that has been overwhelming some Lake Champlain islands for decades.
Biologists from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will be working this summer to remove excessive double crested cormorants from islands in the lake as a way to protect nesting habitat for other bird species such as herons, egrets and terns.
In New York, biologists from the state and other groups will be working on the lake’s Four Brothers Islands to control cormorants by coating un-hatched eggs with oil, which will prevent them from hatching.
Some anglers believe the cormorants are responsible for declines in some species of fish in Lake Champlain.
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