Shown here, Puffins in their burrow
Shown here, Puffins in their burrow
Susie Meadows, manager of Project Puffin Visitor Center, will give a talk on restoring endangered seabirds at the Maine Coastal Islands NWR Visitor Center in Rockland on Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m. Meadows will discuss some of the factors limiting Maine seabird populations and how techniques developed by Project Puffin have led to the restoration of puffins and terns to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. Humans have devastated seabird colonies in many parts of the world by excessive hunting for food and feathers and by introducing mammals such as cats and rats to otherwise secure nesting islands. Although seabird nesting islands seem safe due to their remoteness, they are intimately connected to human activities, which can limit and deter migratory birds like puffins and terns from nesting. Attendance is by donation.