Sunday, September 9, 2012

Webcam, Video & Info re Atlantic Puffins

Atlantic Puffins are adorable, black and white birds with colourful beaks.
These amazing, small birds only come ashore to breed in burrows among rocks and spend their lives at sea.

The Atlantic Puffin is the provincial bird.
About 95% of all North America's puffins breed around the Newfoundland and Labrador coasts.

The largest puffin colony in the western Atlantic (225,000 pairs) can be found at the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, 32km south of St. John's.

Puffin rescue volunteers busy this season
The Telegram
Published on August 17, 2012
by Robin Levinson

Puffin Patrol
was founded by Juergen Schau, who started rescuing puffins six years ago. Now, the volunteer-run project is organized through the Newfoundland and Labrador chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS).

Schau explained to them the first rule of puffin rescuing:
           always release the birds back in daylight.
Otherwise they might wander off again looking for the moon.

When baby puffins are kicked out of their boroughs, they seek out the sea by the light of the moon.

But as the countryside becomes more populated, man-made light, like car headlights and street lights, can trick the youngsters.

“They’re mistaking the light of the land for the moon,” Singer-Strong says.

If the puffins get lost, they can become easy prey or roadkill.


Webcam - Puffin Loafing Ledge, Seal Island, Maine, USA

"Best Viewing Hours 5am - 9pm ET
(until we add an infrared light source and then 24/7)"!/live-cams/player/puffin-loafing-ledge-cam

Video - Ocean Voyagers - Migration of the Atlantic Puffin, Seal Island, Maine
narrated by Stephen Kress, Project Puffin Director!/videos/player/ocean-voyagers

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