Conservationists buy Barren Island in bay

December 10, 1991

An eroding, uninhabited island in Chesapeake Bay that harbors important colonies of waterfowl and shore birds has been purchased by a conservation group.

Barren Island -- 200 acres of salt marsh, pine woods and meadows -- was bought from its two owners last month for $280,000 by the Conservation Fund of Arlington, Va., said spokesman Jack Lynn. The money came from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

The island has an active American bald eagle nest and the only colony of black skimmers, a state-threatened bird, in the Maryland portion of the bay.

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