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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #15 on: June 16, 2019, 03:07:52 PM »

And thank you, Lori!  :-*
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2019, 05:33:40 PM »

Whoa - my bad! I guess it has been Willie egg sitting for the last 24 hours!  :o  They often take 24 hour shifts according to comments. They can tell it is Willie because he has leg bands!  ;D
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2019, 10:22:58 AM »

Yeah!!!

photo via explore live right now :)
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2019, 07:26:57 PM »

Some pics from today.  :)
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2019, 08:25:07 PM »

Peek-a-boo eggie!  ;D
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #20 on: June 18, 2019, 06:34:06 PM »

Here are some pics from today  :)

Their bottoms look so soft! I don't know if that was Millie or Willie showing us their underside.  ;D
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #21 on: June 18, 2019, 08:28:48 PM »

Dr. Stephen Kress of the National Audubon Society holding a puffin at the Eastern Egg Rock Island in Muscongus Bay where Project Puffin is trying to restore puffins.



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Project Puffin is an effort initiated by Dr. Stephen W. Kress of the National Audubon Society to learn how to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine.[1] It was started in 1973[1] when puffins were nesting in only two locations in Maine ? Matinicus Rock and Machias Seal Island. The project began with an attempt to restore puffins to Eastern Egg Rock Island in Muscongus Bay, about 6 miles (9.7 km) away from Pemaquid Point. The restoration efforts are based on the fact that young puffins usually return to breed on the same island where they hatched.

Young puffins from Great Island were transplanted to Eastern Egg Rock when they were about 10?14 days old. The young puffins were then nested in artificial sod burrows for about one month. Audubon biologists placed handfuls of vitamin-fortified fish in their burrows each day. As the young puffins reached fledging age, they received identification tags so they could be recognized in the future. After spending their first 2?3 years at sea, it was hoped they would return to establish a new colony at Eastern Egg Rock rather than Great Island.

Between 1973 and 1986, 954 young puffins were transplanted from Great Island to Eastern Egg Rock and 914 of these successfully fledged. Transplanted puffins began returning to Eastern Egg Rock in June 1977. To lure them ashore and encourage the birds to explore their home, wooden puffin decoys were positioned atop large boulders. The number of young puffins has gradually increased. In 1981, four pairs nested beneath boulders at the edge of the island and the colony had increased to 37 pairs in 2001. The total population reached 104 pairs in 2012.
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2019, 08:41:27 PM »

A banded puffin in this group.

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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #24 on: June 19, 2019, 02:03:24 PM »

Hi Peep,

Oh, aren't they just the cutest.  So pretty.  What a view of the atlantic they have.
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #25 on: June 20, 2019, 05:52:32 PM »

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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #26 on: June 20, 2019, 06:03:40 PM »

Hatch watch is beginning for Willie and Millie, the featured pair in the Puffin Burrow. The egg is due to hatch on June 25th.  :)
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #27 on: June 20, 2019, 06:10:17 PM »

They are just so cute and social among the rocks!  ;D

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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #28 on: June 20, 2019, 08:45:38 PM »

Here's our sweet couple from today's highlight's.  (I cannot tell them apart unless I see Willie's leg bands!) ;D
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Re: Puffin Burrow at Seal Island, Maine, USA
« Reply #29 on: June 21, 2019, 02:09:56 PM »

Sweetly, waiting patiently for the hatch!
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