08 Feb '12, 8pm

Audubon Researchers Solve Puffin Mystery #birds

Audubon Researchers Solve Puffin Mystery #birds

Scientists as well as bird-watchers have long wondered exactly where puffins go in the winter months, which they spend far out at sea. Now, researchers in Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, also known as Project Puffin , are beginning to unravel the mystery. Geo-locating- technology has enabled the first ever winter tracking of individual Atlantic Puffins from North America and revealed their far-flung travels. Like many seabirds, little has been known about the lives of puffins when they are not on their island nesting colonies. Because the birds travel far from land, observations of their whereabouts are very limited. In 2009, National Audubon Society researchers attached tracking devices to the leg bands of eight puffins at their summer nesting island Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge , a 65-acre treeless island located 21 miles off the coast of Rockland, Maine. ...

Full article: http://www.audubon.org/newsroom/press-releases/2012/puffi...

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