• climate change July 27, 2022 6:03 pm

    Climate 2022: Protecting Puffins Along Maine's Coast

    Each summer researchers nest alongside the sea birds on an isolated island 45 minutes by boat off midcoast Maine, on Eastern Egg Rock, to try to learn more about our environment and changing climate.

  • climate change July 29, 2022 2:11 pm

    ‘Micropuffins': How a Heat Wave Hurt the Puffins Living Off Maine

    In 2021, a number of Maine’s beloved puffins did not grow to normal size and starved because of a lack of certain food. Last summer, the Gulf of Maine, which surrounds many of the remote rocks and islands off of Maine’s coast where puffins nest, broke yet another average temperature record and experienced a marine heat wave. The typical...

  • climate 2022 May 31, 2022 6:57 pm

    Researchers Hope to See More Puffin Chicks in Maine This Summer

    In Maine, researchers are seeing puffins begin to arrive at islands after what they call an “unsettling” year in 2021. According to Dr. Donald Lyons, director of conservation science for the National Audubon Society’s Seabird Institute, only a quarter of puffin parents studied by Project Puffin last summer were able to raise chicks that could leave the islands they hatched…

  • wildlife October 15, 2021 12:27 pm

    Nothing Funny About Bad Year for Maine's Clownish Puffins

    Maine’s beloved puffins suffered one of their worst years for reproduction in decades this summer due to a lack of the small fish they eat. Puffins are seabirds with colorful beaks that nest on four small islands off the coast of Maine. There are about 1,500 breeding pairs in the state and they are dependent on fish such as herring…

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