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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....

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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...

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2008-07-18 11:16:49

What do puffins "“ colorful-billed birds looking like miniature penguins "“ have to do with the work we do at NASA? That would be a good question to ask Maria Frostic, an earth science film producer at Goddard. Better yet, catch her documentary, "Plight of the Puffins," on PBS next week to get the scoop. On a Fulbright scholarship, Maria took leave from Goddard for July and August 2007 and traveled to the Westman Islands of Iceland to make a documentary on the shrinking population...

2008-06-19 06:00:15

By Emily Pykett SCOTLAND'S seabirds could be in the grip of another dire year, according to the latest counts of nesting birds across the UK. A report from the government advisory panel, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), highlights that in 2006 the red- throated diver, Arctic skua, black-legged kittiwake, Arctic tern, black guillemot and Atlantic puffin have all encountered problems with breeding since the last annual counts took place in 2005. A smaller study of fulmars...

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2007-08-26 15:10:00

By ROBERT F. BUKATY EASTERN EGG ROCK, Maine - It doesn't seem to matter to one puffin waddling over to join another of the birds that his chosen companion is a one-legged, wooden decoy. Puffins love company. The deception is one of the techniques that Stephen Kress has used to lure the colorful birds back to this rocky island. "I used an old hunter's trick, something that hadn't been done with seabirds before," Kress, director of the National Audubon's Seabird Restoration Program, whispers...


Latest Atlantic Puffin 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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2005-06-14 11:49:56

The Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica) is an auk with a brightly colored beak. It is a pelagic seabird that feeds primarily by diving for fish. Atlantic Puffins breed in large colonies, nesting in crevices or burrows. This particular puffin is 28-34 cm in length, with a 50-60 cm wingspan and is mainly black above and white below, with a pale grey face and orange legs. The bright orange bill plates grow before the breeding season and are shed later. The bills are used in courtship...

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2005-06-09 08:35:22

The Horned Puffin (Fratercula corniculata) is an auk, similar in appearance to the Atlantic Puffin; this bird's bill is yellow at the base and red at the tip. It is a pelagic seabird that feeds primarily by diving for fish. They nest in colonies, often with other auks. The yellow bill plate grows before the breeding season and is shed later. They have a small fleshy black "horn" above their eyes. They have a white face with a dark line extending from the back of the eye and red feet....

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