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US Puffins In Danger
2013-06-03 13:22:07

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The population of Atlantic puffins is showing signs that it may be in trouble, and scientists now say that the problems plaguing the iconic birds could be an early warning for the conservation of other seabird species. Based on observations of puffins that visit the Gulf of Maine, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts and other New...

New Puffin Web Cams Set Up On Maine Island
2012-06-28 15:43:19

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The very photogenic Atlantic Puffin is now making its Internet debut, thanks to a new project set out by explore.org. The philanthropic media organization put up multiple HD cameras at Maine's Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge to show off the everyday life of these seabirds. The project allows the Internet audience to jump into a live-streaming video, showing puffins as they court, breed, and preen around the remote Seal Island....

Osprey Chicks Hatching Live On The Internet
2012-06-07 13:16:47

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com Osprey chicks are pushing through their shells and into the world right now on a live camera broadcasting on the Internet. The first of three Osprey chicks have already hatched, while the second is due to hatch at any moment, according to explore.org and the National Audubon Society. The high-definition camera has been fixated on the nest since the eggs were originally laid back on April 29th. The nest is located atop a 30-foot tower at the Hog Island...

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2010-01-09 08:50:00

Geolocation technology reveals worsening North Sea conditions could be increasing Atlantic puffin mortality A recent increase in winter mortality in Atlantic puffins could be due to worsening conditions within the North Sea, according to new findings published in the scientific journal Marine Biology. The study used geolocation technology to track puffins from the Isle of May National Nature Reserve, home to the largest colony of puffins in the North Sea. The puffin population on the Isle of...

2009-07-17 09:11:01

It's a terrible sight: hundreds of dead seabirds washed up on the seashore. These catastrophic events occur in the winter and are known as winter wrecks. No one knows why the birds perish, and it is almost impossible to study the animals out in stormy winter seas to find out how they meet their fate. With the birds' tough life style in mind, J©rôme Fort and David Gr©millet from the CNRS Centre d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive in France decided to try to...

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2009-07-01 12:53:16

The number of puffins at one of the UK's key colonies has mysteriously fallen by a third and scientists are now using hi-tech tags to get an insight into why it may be happening, BBC News reported. The devices are being fitted onto the seabirds that are nesting on the Farne Islands, located off the Northumberland coast. Only 36,500 puffins were recorded in a survey from 2008, down from 55,674 in 2003, but the islands, which are home to the largest puffin colony in England, are considered a...

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2009-06-18 13:47:08

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, the marbled murrelet in Washington, Oregon and California should remain protected as a threatened species. On Wednesday, the agency said that it finished its five-year review of the small seabirds that nest in old trees.  The federal biologist found that the birds in the three states are a distinct population that continues to fall due to a wide variety of threats. Although the birds reside from California to Alaska's Aleutian Islands,...

2009-06-01 09:00:00

Enter Into The World Of The Small Seabirds Through Adventure Based Gameplay And Mini Games EDISON, N.J., June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Discover the fascinating world of Puffins as Majesco Entertainment Company (Nasdaq: COOL), an innovative provider of video games for the mass market, today announced that Puffins: Island Adventure for Nintendo DS(TM) is now available in retail stores nationwide. Developed by Other Ocean Interactive, Puffins: Island Adventure challenges players to...

2008-12-27 12:17:13

Britain's puffins are among the wildlife suffering from a second year of erratic weather, the National Trust said Saturday. This year's cold spring, wet summer and dry autumn have made tough going for puffins, the marsh fritillary butterfly and lesser horseshoe bats, the BBC reported. A wet summer in 2009 could be disastrous for insects -- an integral part of the wildlife food chain, the National Trust said. Bees struggled though frost and snow in April, while birds, including blue and great...


Latest Alcidae Reference Libraries

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2006-02-23 14:46:47

The Tufted Puffin (Fratercula cirrhata) is a medium-sized pelagic seabird measuring about 30 cm in length and weighing roughly three quarters of a kilogram. It is mostly black with a white facial patch, and a very large bill. The yellow tufts for which it is named are on the side of the head when the bird is in breeding plumage. Tufted Puffins can be found throughout the northern Pacific Ocean. This bird originally nested as far south as southern California; some colonies still exist off...

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2006-02-23 14:21:10

The Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) is a seabird considered by some to be a close relative of the puffin. It is the only member of the genus Cerorhinca. It ranges widely across the North Pacific feeding on small fish and nesting in mixed seabird colonies. Its name is derived from a horn-like extension of the beak. This horn is only present in breeding adults, and like the elaborate sheath on the bill of puffins is shed every year. The Rhinoceros Auklet (also known as the Rhino...

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2006-02-23 14:02:07

The Whiskered Auklet (Aethia pygmaea) is a small seabird of the auk family. It has a more restricted range than other members of its genus, Aethia, living only around the Aleutian Islands and on some islands off Siberia (like Commander Islands). It also breeds on these islands. It is one of the smallest auks, only the closely related Least Auklet being smaller. Its name is derived from the long white feathers on its face that are distinguishing feature of its breeding plumage. The...

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2006-02-23 13:44:50

The Cassin's Auklet is a small, stocky seabird that ranges widely in the North Pacific. It nests in small burrows and because of its presence on well studied islands in British Columbia and off California it is one of the better known auks. It is named for John Cassin, a Pennsylvania businessman and naturalist. The Cassin's Auklet is a small (25 cm, 200 g) nondescript auk. Its plumage is generally dark on top and pale below, with a small white mark above the eye. Its bill is overall dark...

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2006-02-23 13:34:27

The Ancient Murrelet (Synthliboramphus antiquus) is a bird of the auk family. It breeds in colonies principally on the Aleutian Islands and other Alaskan islands. They female lays one or two eggs directly amongst tree roots or in rock crevices. These small auks are nocturnal on the breeding grounds, presumably to reduce predation, and for the same reason the young are never fed at the nest, being taken to sea a couple of days after hatching. The parents call to the young from out at sea,...

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