09 Feb '12, 9pm

The Secret Life of the Rambling Puffin: From an island off Maine to the Labrador Sea to the vicinity of Bermuda,...

The Secret Life of the Rambling Puffin: From an island off Maine to the Labrador Sea to the vicinity of Bermuda,...

The Secret Life of the Rambling Puffin By JIM ROBBINS For years scientists have wondered where the puffins that live off the rocky coast of Maine go when they leave their island nesting colonies. Now they know – at least about two of the colorful birds – thanks to a capsule-size transmitter on each bird’s leg that tracked its whereabouts. Audubon Bird Cam Electronic tracking tags were attached to eight puffins, but only two of the tags were retrieved. Each spring, puffins, a member of the auk family , begin nesting, laying a single egg in a rock crevice. The puffins in this new study , conducted by the Audubon Society’s Project Puffin restoration program, nested at the Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge , a remote 65-acre seabird haven 20 miles from the mainland. For a month and a half, the parents tend to the chick. In July the chick departs, heading out to sea, and the...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/09/the-secret-life...

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