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Project Puffin : the improbable quest to bring a beloved seabird back to Egg Rock

Author: Stephen W Kress; Derrick Z Jackson
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Project Puffin is the inspiring story of how a beloved seabird was restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast. As a young ornithology instructor at the Hog Island Audubon Camp, Dr. Stephen W. Kress learned that puffins had nested on nearby islands until extirpated by hunters in the late 1800s. To right this environmental wrong, he resolved to bring puffins back to one such island-Eastern Egg  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stephen W Kress; Derrick Z Jackson
ISBN: 9780300204810 0300204817
OCLC Number: 893389689
Description: xvi, 357 pages : illustrations (some color), map ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : my passion for puffins --
Chasing skinks --
Ghosts of the gallery --
My judge and drury --
A suitcase of puffins --
Massacre to miracle --
Soaked sod and puffin condos --
Waiting --
Triumph or tragedy? --
Puffin ... with fish! --
Roger's rogue wave --
Filling the Ark --
Project puffin goes global --
Reconsidering the balance of nature --
My skink, Christina's ducks, and Juliet's tern concerto.
Responsibility: Stephen W. Kress & Derrick Z. Jackson.

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Project Puffin is the inspiring story of how a beloved seabird was restored to long-abandoned nesting colonies off the Maine coast. As a young ornithology instructor at the Hog Island Audubon Camp, Dr. Stephen W. Kress learned that puffins had nested on nearby islands until extirpated by hunters in the late 1800s. To right this environmental wrong, he resolved to bring puffins back to one such island-Eastern Egg Rock. Yet bringing the plan to reality meant convincing skeptics, finding resources, and inventing restoration methods at a time when many believed in letting nature take its course. Today, Project Puffin has restored more than 1,000 puffin pairs to three Maine islands. But even more exciting, techniques developed during the project have helped to restore rare and endangered seabirds worldwide. Further, reestablished puffins now serve as a window into the effects of global warming. The success of Dr. Kress's project offers hope that people can restore lost wildlife populations and the habitats that support them. The need for such inspiration has never been greater.
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