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Kittiwakes Use Scent to Find Mates for an Important Reason

Birds like black-legged kittiwakes aren’t into inbreeding and recent research has shown how these animals determine who is and is not related to them. According to Science Daily, researchers have found that these birds can identify kin by scent.

Good News from Maine: Puffins Successful!

We received great news this morning from Project Puffin; the numbers are in and there’s been a fantastic increase in Puffin chicks fledging! From our partners at Audubon’s Project Puffin and Dr. Stephen Kress:

Penguin Loyalty

Penguins vocalize to recognize each other. Each penguin’s voice is as distinct as a human fingerprint. Many Magellanic Penguins are faithful to their partners. They nest once each year, usually laying their eggs in October. See the Magellanic Penguins live at the Aquarium of the Pacific! – http://explore.org/#!/live-cams/player/live-penguin-cam

Project Puffin: Photos from Pond Island

Did You Know?

Puffins mate on the water. The process of finding a mate include bowing, a male courtship display of its plumage with its head low to the ground. Head flicking, generally by sea in a raft, another display to attract the female with their colorful bills. And if successful: Copulation. At sea, rarely (and usually unsuccessful) on land; male

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