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Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Registration is NOT required

Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock

Stephen W. Kress and Derrick Z. Jackson

In this talk Stephen Kress, or “The Puffin Man,” and notable journalist and nature photographer Derrick Jackson will share with audience members the inspiring story of how it was possible to restore 1,000 puffin pairs to three Maine islands, where they had been wiped out for more than 100 years. Kress and Jackson will share techniques that developed during the project and 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 the project offers hope that people can restore lost wildlife populations and the habitats that support them.

Stephen W. Kress is the National Audubon Society’s Vice President for Bird Conservation and director of Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program and Hog Island Audubon Camp.

Derrick Z. Jackson, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for commentary and an accomplished photographer, is an associate editor and editorial board member of the Boston Globe.He lives in Cambridge, MA.

Ready to go birdwatching? Make an appointment to viewJohn James Audubon’s Ornithological Biography: An Account of the Habits of the Birds of the United States of America. Or enjoy the art of Isaac Sprague, the best-known botanical painter of the 19th century, by browsing our digital collection.

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