Birds

We love them. Now protect them and their habitats.

Photo: Stephen W. Kress

“Why do birds matter?” is one of those questions like “What is love?” or “Why are we here?” or even “Is there a God?” Unanswerable, I think, by logic. One could cite facts like, birds eat lots of harmful insects, charm us at our feeders, or challenge us to learn their field marks, molts, and names both common and scientific. But perhaps the answer lies deeper. Since the beginning birds have lifted our eyes to the skies. They’ve shown us we’re not gravity’s slave, that flight is possible and limitless. It can hover and soar, dive and display, and take us from one end of the planet to the other in a single, impossible burst of energy and purpose. Inspiration is the gift birds have given us from the start. But now they give us a question as well. Like the canary in the mine, they hold the planet up to us like a mirror and ask: “Can you not see that if we pass away, soon you will as well?” That’s a good question, and since birds pose it, they matter a lot.

Wes Craven, Film director

Audubon Live Cams
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Audubon Live Cams

Watch birds build nests and raise their young, live from Maine!

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Puffin Tours
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Puffin Tours

Local companies offer a unique opportunity to view the thriving colony at Eastern Egg Rock.

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The Auk Family
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The Auk Family

Puffins are members of the Auk or Alcid family, along with other species.

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Atlantic Puffin
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Atlantic Puffin

The Atlantic Puffin is a small seabird that lives on the ocean throughout most of the year.

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Puffin Chicks
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Puffin Chicks

A puffin chick is called a puffling

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Puffins at Sea - Swimming
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Puffins at Sea - Swimming

Puffins live at sea and are well adapted to this lifestyle.

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What Puffins Eat
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What Puffins Eat

Puffins are incredible divers and can reach depths of 200 feet on their journeys to look for food.

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Atlantic Puffin Courtship Behavior and Decoys
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Atlantic Puffin Courtship Behavior and Decoys

Atlantic Puffins are very social birds. They interact regularly through many behaviors.

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Puffin FAQs
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Puffin FAQs

26 questions and answers about puffins.

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Black Guillemots
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Black Guillemots

The Black Guillemot is a lively member of the bird life on Eastern Egg Rock.

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Common Murres
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Common Murres

Common Murres Nest at Matinicus Rock!

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Common Eiders
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Common Eiders

Common Eiders are large sea ducks that breed from Maine north to the Arctic.

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Storm Petrels
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Storm Petrels

The Leach's Storm-petrel is a small and secretive resident of Eastern Egg Rock.

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Common Terns
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Common Terns

The Common Tern is Eastern Egg Rock's most numerous species.

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Arctic Terns
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Arctic Terns

Arctic Terns nest on Matinicus Rock, Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, and Eastern Egg Rock.

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Roseate Terns
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Roseate Terns

Roseate, Common and Arctic Terns each have a different nesting habitat.

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Gulls
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Gulls

Herring Gulls and Great Black-backed Gulls are familiar to anyone who has ever visited the Atlantic Ocean in New England.

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