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Project Puffin Research Supervisors Keenan Yakola and Isabel Brofsky appreciate guillemots

An International Holiday for an Underappreciated Seabird

By Isabel Brofksy, Project Puffin Research Supervisor on Seal Island The past week on Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge has been an exciting one for our smallest alcid, the Black Guillemot (Cepphus grylle). On Wednesday, June 29th, a cool, rainy morning, the Audubon Guillemot Burrow cam’s first chick pushed its way out of its egg

Joy's Cardboard Toy - photo by Keenan Yakola

A gift of Joy for a passionate puffin fan

Little puffling Joy spread abundant happiness this summer, and viewers were immediately smitten with her fluffy feathers and playful personality around the Puffin Burrow. One fan in particular, AnneMa, took notice of a piece of cardboard brought into the burrow and which Joy become fond of, using it as a toy of sorts.

Marine debris cleanup on Eastern Egg

The Problem with Balloons on Eastern Egg Rock

Project Puffin Research Assistant Aubrey Alamshah spent weeks on Maine’s Eastern Egg Rock studying puffins and other seabirds, but learned something new about seemingly fun party decorations.

Finn and Joy share a tender moment in the hours before parting

Bon Voyage, Joy!

After an amazing (and adorable) season in the Audubon Puffin Burrow, the little chick Joy has fledged, leaving her home Tuesday evening on a big journey out to sea. Catch the video highlight of her preening her feathers before she steps out into the night.

Puffin Mama Finn and chick Joy

Puffin Contest: When Will Joy Say Goodbye?

Little puffling Joy hatched on July 1st and has entered the fledging period of her life, getting her juvenile feathers and showing signs that she may exit her burrow for a years-long journey at sea. Just when that farewell will be is anyone’s guess. And if YOU guess correctly, you could win a prize! Make

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