The Puffins Are Back!

The Puffins Are Back!

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A simple introduction to the physical characteristics, life cycle, and natural environment of the puffins living off the coast of Maine


It happens every year, in the spring. After months of living on the open sea, far away from land, puffins return to the rocky coast of Maine. These colorful birds come back to shore for only a short time, to mate and to raise their young.

Not too long ago, the arrival of spring brought fewer and fewer puffins back to Maine. So many birds had been hunted for their meat and feathers that the puffin was in danger of dying out.

In 1969, scientists from the National Audubon Society worked out a plan they hoped would insure the survival of Maine's puffin population. No one was certain the plan would work. It would involve many people and many puffins, and it would be years before anyone could say for sure if the project had been successful.

Today it seems clear that the plan has worked very well. Every year more and more puffins return to Maine in the spring. There's great excitement in the air when the call goes out -- The puffins are back!

Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1991 (NSTA/CBC)

Publisher: New York? HarperCollins, c1991
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780060216030
Characteristics: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 21 x 26 cm


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IndyPL_JennyM May 04, 2019

Puffins are such a unique and interesting bird and Gibbons gives just the right information for young audiences. For instance, did you know that puffins live ALL of their lives out at sea except when they come ashore to have their young? Check this book out for more information about these "clowns of the sea."

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