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PUFFIN chick named Hope 2013
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 29, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Letter to Hope Watchers from Dr. Steve Kress
September 2, 2013
 Dear Puffin Friends:
Many have asked if we have seen puffin Hope since fledging on August 20. Our season on Seal Island is now complete, so this note is my summary of highlights and reflections on the 2013 puffin nesting season.  Seal Island Supervisor Jenny Howard has looked frequently and found no evidence of Hope outside of the burrow.  This tells us that Hope has successfully made it to the sea and begun the ocean-going phase of life.  It is therefore likely that Hope has paddled and perhaps flown far from Seal Island by this time. Little is known about the lives of fledgling-age puffins.  What is known is that puffin fledglings typically head off to sea alone, guided by strong instincts that tell them where to go and how to find food.  By 2015 or 2016, Hope will be old enough to return to the Maine coast as an adult. If so, she will likely visit Seal Island and other nearby puffin nesting colonies.  Hope’s first nesting attempt will not occur until at least 2018 when she is five years old.  Nesting may continue for the next 20 years—and beyond.  Project Puffin has documented that even 35-year-old puffins can raise a chick.

Hope was among the lucky puffins to fledge this year.  While normally, about 87% of puffin eggs hatch and 77% of these eggs produce fledglings, this year only 55% hatched and only about 10% reached fledging age.  The low fledging success is probably related to the stressful winter of 2012-2013 when northeastern coastal waters were unusually warm -- the warmest in the past 150 years. Because fish move in response to water temperature, the warm water may have caused the fish best suited for puffins to move to locations where puffins could not find them.   Also, several strong storms (especially Hurricane Sandy and winter storm Nemo) disrupted marine habitats and added further stress to wintering puffins.  As a result, many puffins were found dead along New England beaches this past winter. Most of these were starving and it’s therefore likely that the survivors were in compromised condition for the nesting season which starts in April...  
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https://www.facebook.com/notes/pr...-dr-steve-kress/10153159258900456


A man, a plan and an island of puffins
After three years of trying to persuade U.S. and Canadian fish and wildlife officials to back a plan to reintroduce a sea bird to an island off the Maine coast, Stephen Kress finally got his chance in 1973.
Kress packed six puffin chicks from Newfoundland in coffee cans and took them to Eastern Egg Rock Island, where he fed them by hand and raised them as if he were their mother.
At the time, the technique was untested and highly unorthodox.
Today, Kress, known as the puffin man, is regarded as a pioneer of a conservation strategy used around the world to save sea birds from extinction.
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http://www.dispatch.com/content/s...lan-and-an-island-of-puffins.html


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

June 2014
The live cams are back and the puffin burrow has an egg June 8th.

LOAFING LEDGE CAM
http://explore.org/live-cams/play...fin-loafing-ledge-cam?popoff=true

BURROW CAM
http://www.ustream.tv/explorePuffinBurrow
http://explore.org/live-cams/player/puffin-burrow-cam

ospreycam
http://explore.org/live-cams/player/live-osprey-cam


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

June 28, 2014  evening
PUFFIN Chick hatched about 6:54 pm
Island off Maine

http://www.ustream.tv/explorePuffinBurrow

Videos of chick hatching
http://youtu.be/DGLjMO-CyVU
http://youtu.be/f7BgAUiF4aM










Shell left after hatch

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June 28 - 29, 2014 overnight









June 29 pre-dawn


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