Birdwatchers Asked to Help Study Puffins

Birdwatchers Asked to Help Study Puffins
Puffins, photo/Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

TheHour: The Audubon Society wants bird lovers to contribute research to a project scientists hope will help save Atlantic puffins from starvation in Maine.

There are about 1,000 pairs of the seabirds, known for their multi-colored beaks and clownish appearance, in Maine. Audubon says the number of puffin fledging chicks has declined in the last two years, possibly because their key food source, herring and hake, are leaving for cooler waters. Puffins are on the state’s threatened species list.

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