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Project Puffin: How We Brought Puffins Back to Egg Rock

by Stephen W. Kress, Pete Salmansohn

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I have been a puffin lover since the day I first set foot on Skellig Michael - one of two breathtakingly beautiful (and very rocky) islands off the west coast of Ireland's Iveragh Peninsula - and saw these little "clowns of the ocean," with their chubby black and white bodies, and colorful beaks, up close and personal. I know we're not supposed to anthropomorphize the birds and beasts, but they're just so darn cute! So when I discovered that Tilbury House, one of my current publisher obsessions, had released a book about the return of puffins to the Maine island of Eastern Egg Rock, I thought I'd better find a copy.

Project Puffin, which is told in the first person, chronicles Stephen Kress's efforts to reintroduce puffins to the Maine coast, where they once flourished, before being killed off by Euro-American settlers. Beginning in 1973, with the help of the Canadian Wildlife Service, Kress began transferring puffin chicks from the thriving Great Island colony, eventually establishing populations on Egg Rock, as well as nearby Seal Island. Using the same methods, Kress and his team also reestablished a tern colony. Profusely illustrated with color photographs, and including a brief glossary at the rear, this is an engaging and informative book, and will be of particular interest to young bird watchers and ecologists. ( )
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With their large, colorful beaks, their upright posture, and their big, dark eyes, it's easy to see why puffins are popular all over the world. But for the past hundred years, puffins along the coast of Maine have been threatened with local extinction. Biologist Stephen Kress decided to try to bring puffins back to Maine with an experiment that had never been attempted before. Stunning color photographs on every page capture each step of this wildlife success story. As you learn about The Puffin Project, you'll also learn all about puffins how they are so wonderfully adapted to their ocean environment, how they catch fish, socialize, nest in burrows, and raise their young.

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Details a wildlife scientist's successful efforts to restore puffin colonies in Maine through an experiment in habitat restoration. With their large, colorful beaks, their upright posture, and their big, dark eyes, it's easy to see why puffins are popular all over the world. But for the past hundred years, puffins along the coast of Maine have been threatened with local extinction. Biologist Stephen Kress decided to try to bring puffins back to Maine with an experiment that had never been attempted before. Stunning color photographs on every page capture each step of this wildlife success story. As you learn about The Puffin Project, you'll also learn all about puffins--how they are so wonderfully adapted to their ocean environment, how they catch fish, socialize, nest in burrows, and raise their young.… (more)

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