Atlantic Puffin Mini Journal

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Atlantic Puffin
Colorful, comical and endearing: all describe this small but robust seabird, the Atlantic Puffin. Although it stands no more than 12 inches tall, the puffin spends the majority of its life on the open waters of the icy North Atlantic. Puffins are well equipped for a rugged existence with a thick layer of down, large webbed feet for quick propulsion and short, strong wings used in flight and underwater swimming. A row of tiny hooks on the inside of the upper bill allows the puffin to catch and hold upwards of 30 small fish at one time!
As summer approaches, the usually solitary puffins congregate in large numbers on remote islands to breed. Large groups gather together on small rock slabs and march awkwardly among each other. Because they concentrate in large numbers at this time, puffins, along with many other seabirds, are vulnerable to human disturbance on their breeding grounds. Thanks to innovative work by ornithologists puffin populations have been restored to many islands off the Maine coast.
artwork by Michael DiGiorgio © 2010
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