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Coasts

Project Puffin

Atlantic Puffin and decoy. Photo: Derrick Z. Jackson

For the past 40 years Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, pioneered in the Atlantic Flyway by Steve Kress, has restored breeding Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds to islands off the coast of Maine. Now the program’s innovative approach, which uses decoys, mirrors, and recordings to attract birds to suitable nesting sites, is being implemented in Baja California. The Cassin’s Auklet, Ashy Storm-Petrel, and Xantus’s Murrelet are priority species that will benefit from this collaborative effort involving Audubon and other conservation organizations in the United States and Mexico. It is a living demonstration of how the Audubon network bridges boundaries on behalf of birds. It is also only one of the ways our Saving Seabirds project will protect seabirds; we will also advance sound fishing and marine practices and policies, and provide rapid response to oil spills and other environmental emergencies.

Theory of Victory: By advancing measures that ensure a dependable food supply and a clean marine habitat, and by restoring and supporting breeding colonies, Audubon will protect at-risk seabirds.

For more on Project Puffin, visit projectpuffin.audubon.org. Project Puffin also operates the Hog Island Audubon camp in scenic coastal Maine. For more, visit hogisland.audubon.org.