Seabirds in the News

Recent online articles about seabirds.

Check out the latest Seabird News articles, below. Items that contain Project Puffin News are listed first, but please scroll down to see additional Seabird Conservation News articles. Also see: Egg Rock Update (ERU) - Project Puffin's annual conservation news bulletin.

Project Puffin News

Nigel, the world's loneliest bird, was no victim. He was a hero. - from The Washington Post,  February 2018

Maine's Atlantic Puffins Had One of Their Best Breeding Years Yet - from,  November 2017

Beaked baby boomers: Record Year for puffin chicks in Maine - from The Boston Globe,  November 2017

Maine's puffin colony produces record number of chicks — and they're chubby too - from Portland Press Herald,  November 2017

Record year for endangered puffin chicks in Maine from,  November 2017

Maine Puffins On The Rebound - from,  September 2017

Puffins, Politics, and Joyful Doggedness in Maine​ - from Union of Concerned Scientists (Blog, by Derrick Z. Jackson),  September 2017

The Naturalist discovers a surprising tool - from Southern Rhode Island Newspapers,  August 2017 (see last three paragraphs)

Notes from the field: Summer Undergraduate Internship on Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge - from Early Career Climate Forum,  July 2017 

Seabird Workshop with Seabird Sue - from Lincoln County News,  July 2017 

Maine Scientists working to save puffins - from WGME TV 13 (CBS) Portland,  June 2017 

Among The Puffins - from Down East Magazine,  June 2017 

Steve Kress Talks About Project Puffin - from Ray Brown's Talkin' Birds (Episode #625 - 5/21/17), May 2017 

Project Puffin: A Story Review - from, May 2017 

Project Puffin (Earth Month) - from Illustrated Impact, April 2017

Inside Audubon's New Decoy Workshop, Where Saving Seabirds Is the Mission - from, April 2017 

Is the Acadian Redfish Helping Puffins Adapt to Climate Change? - from, December 2016

Skidmore graduate connecting people with nature - from Albany Times Union, October 2016

Audubon intern wants to connect people with nature - from Greenwich Time, October 2016

Victory! New Marine National Monument Will Protect Winter Habitat for Puffins - from, October 2016

Stephen Kress (featured as previous laureate) has been smitten by the playful and brightly coloured Atlantic puffin since his early 20s - from rolexawards, September 2016

Letter-writers make history: President Obama declares first Atlantic Ocean National Monument - from National Geographic, September 2016

Hope is the Thing with Feathers - After forty years, Steve Kress's Project Puffin goes global - from Maine Magazine, September 2016

Obama Announces the Atlantic's First Marine Monument, Protecting a Vital Underwater Ecosystem - from, September 2016

Why Some Puffin Colonies Thrived and One Barely Survived This Summer - from, August 2016

It's Been a Tough Year for Puffins on Machias Seal Island - from Maine Public Broadcasting (MPBN), August 2016

Puffin chicks in Gulf of Maine’s largest colony starve to death at record rate - from Portland Press Herald, August 2016

Puffin Wintering Grounds Need To Be Protected - from Huffington Post, August 2016

Voices: A bird's-eye view of climate change - from USA Today, July 2016

Puffin TV captures the successful restoration of a threatened seabird to its Maine habitat - from PRI - Living on Earth, July 2016

Everyone's Favorite Bird Cams Are Back! - from Motherboard, July 2016

Fish and Fledging - from Vineyard Gazette, July 2016

The Top 5 Wildlife Livestreams for People Stuck Indoors this Summer - from Inverse, July 2016

5 of the Most Addictive Wildlife Cams on the Web - from The Science Explorer, June2016

Laureates fight to save birds - from Rolex Awards for Enterprise, March 2016

Tracing the arrival and disappearance of Puffin M - from The Boston Globe, March 2016

Scientists: Puffins might spend the winter off New Jersey - from The Washington Times, February 2016

Adorable Puffins are Tougher Than They Look - from National Geographic, February 2016

Researchers discover mystery behind where puffins spend the winter - from Mother Nature Network, February 2016

Scientists Have Cracked the Mystery of Where Puffins Winter - from Atlas Obscura, February 2016

Puffin mystery solved! Scientists learn secrets of Maine birds' Migration - from Christian Science Monitor, February 2016

Scientists solve mystery behind where puffins spend winter - from The Weather Network, February 2016

Audubon Scientists Uncover Winter Home of Maine Atlantic Puffins - from eNews Park Forest, February 2016

The Puffin Bred on These Rocks (BOOK REVIEW) - from The American Birding Association's ABA Blog, November 2015

Puffin Problems in Europe Should Trigger Call to Action for Ocean Conservation - from (Source: Cornell Univ.), November 2015

BOOK REVIEW: Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock - from The Condor, October 2015 (Note: A PDF version is available HERE.)

Can Animal Cams Help Stave Off Climate Change? - from Outside Magazine online, October 2015

Winged Victory - from Cornell Alumni Magazine, September/October 2015

How Puffins made it back to Maine's Egg Rock - from, September 2015

Spending a Summer on an Island of Birds - from Bowdoin News, August 2015

These Perfect Photos of Maine's Puffins Will Give You Hope About Nature - from Reader's Digest, August 2015  (Note: article link no longer available)

Saving seabirds, a species at a time - from Rolex Awards for Enterprise, July 2015

Cornell professor dedicates life to saving Atlantic Puffins - from Ithaca Voice, July 2015

Book review: 'Project Puffin' explores complicated return of Maine coastal icon - from Portland Press Herald, July 2015

Plan the Perfect Maine Coastal Road Trip, the Easy Way - from, June 2015

Hope or despair? The highs and lows of saving seabirds (Project Puffin book information) - from NewScientist, June 2015

The Threatened Atlantic Puffins Are Nesting And It's Adorable - from, June 2015

The "Improbable" Success of Project Puffin - from, June 2015

Need a break? Here are 6 videos of nature to watch LIVE right now - from Upworthy, June 2015

BEAK PEEK! Live from Maine's Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, it's Puffin Cam! - from onEarth, June 2015

Saving puffins and 'King Penguin,' too - from The Cornell Chronicle, June 2015

Time to awaken your primal desire to hang out with a puffin - from Grist, June 2015

Atlantic puffins are a landmark success story - from Tallahassee Democrat, May 2015

The Puffin Project - from Living On Earth (PRI's Environmental News Magazine), May 2015

Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest To Bring A Beloved Seabird Back To Egg Rock - from WGBH's Forum Network, May 2015

A Puffin Colony's 40-Year Journey Back to Maine - from, May 2015

KPCW's This Green Earth - May 5, 2015 - Project Puffin - from, May 2015

The Puffin project - from, May 2015

Sailing Superyacht Whisper Donating to Project Puffin - from, April 2015

What it takes to restore the puffin to Maine's islands - from, April 2015

Well deserved: AOU honors puffin conservationist, bird-coloration expert - from, December 2014

To Get Your Hands On A Seabird You Have To Go 'Grubbing' - from, October 2014

A cold winter leads to more successful nests for Maine’s charismatic Atlantic Puffin - from Birdwatching Magazine (, October 2014

Puffins Project Keeps Popular Seabirds in N.E. - from, August 2014 (Note: article link no longer available)

Puffins: A small bird defies big odds - Human intervention, not nature, will ensure the puffin’s survival - from, August 2014

Bold Coast: Mustard and Puffins - from, August 2014

Scientists ask bird oglers to help study puffins - from, August 2014

Puffin Watchers Wanted For Online Webcam Research Project - from Emilio Cogliani Blog (originally:, August 2014

‘You see one puffin, you’ve seen ‘em all’ - from, August 2014

The Best Fan Photos From Audubon And's Puffin And Osprey Cams - from, July 2014

Adorable Puffin Chick Will Ruin Your Plans For the Day - from, July 2014

Seabirds by sail - from, July (August issue) 2014

Webcams provide up-close look at nesting puffins, ospreys in Maine - from (Mother Nature Network), June 2014

Streaming Eagles - from, June 2014

Squee! See Newly Hatched Osprey Chicks on Live 'Critter Cam' - from, June 2014

Meet the Filmmaker Who Is Installing Live Cams All Over the World - from, June 2014

Climate Change is Killing the Puffins We Fought So Hard to Save - from, June 2014

Bird Sightings - from, June 2014

Project Puffin becomes successful in establishing colonies - from, June 2014

The Puffin Cam Will Break Your Heart - from, June 2014

Something is seriously wrong on the East Coast — and it’s killing all the baby puffins - from (cross-post from - see previous article), June 2014

Something Is Seriously Wrong on the East Coast—and It's Killing All the Baby Puffins  - from, May/June 2014

Puffin-Cam Calamity, Congress Shoots Down Military on Climate, C'mon Chimp—Time for Your Ebola Shot - from, May 2014

National Audubon Society Announces 2014 Professional Callison Award Winner - Dr. Stephen Kress Recognized For Seabird Restoration Program - from, May 2014

Dr. Steve Kress: State Of The Puffin - from, May 2014

Watching for Fish in the Puffin's Beak - from Smithsonian Ocean Portal, November 2013

A Crazy Idea to Bring Back Atlantic Puffins is a Success - from Audubon Magazine, September/October 2013

A man, a plan and an island of puffins - from The Columbus Dispatch, September 2013

Save the Puffins! - from The Weather Channel, August 2013 (Note: article/video link no longer available)

On A Rocky Maine Island, Puffins Are Making A Tenuous Comeback - from NPR, August 2013

Living simply to help save Seal Island's puffins - from NBC Nightly News, August 2013

Project Puffin celebrates 40 years, addresses new dangers - from, July 2013

For the Birds: Everybody’s individual path to environmental consciousness is different. Curious, though, how many of them turn out to be flight paths - from WILD LIFE (by David Gessner), July 2013

Researchers: Maine's puffin population is at risk - from New England Cable News (, July 2013

Puffins Return To Maine For Nesting Season, But Climate Peril Looms [PHOTOS] - from International Business Times, July 2013

Puffins flock home to Maine islands - from AP Photos, July 2013

For the birds! Guests ruffle KLG, Hoda's feathers - from The TODAY Show, July 2013

Puffins flock home to Maine islands - from MSN news, July 2013


Atlantic puffins in peril in U.S. - from The Denver Post, June 2013

Warming oceans are killing baby puffins - from Grist, June 2013

Puffins in Peril - from Time For Kids, June 2013

Atlantic puffins are in danger - from The Washington Post, June 2013

Scientists warn Atlantic puffins in peril in US - from Bloomberg Business Week News, June 2013 (Note: article link no longer available)

Warming Ocean Puts Puffins in Peril - from, June 2013

Atlantic puffin population is in danger, scientists warn - from The Guardian (UK), June 2013

Scientists warn Atlantic puffins in peril in US - from Star Tribune, June 2013

Puffins in peril as food supply falters - from Japan Times, June 2013

Project Puffin celebrates 40 years, addresses new dangers - from, July 2013

Project Puffin, Eastern Egg Rock - from, November 2012

The Puffin Charmer: By thinking like a social bird, Stephen Kress brought puffins back to the United States - from "DOERS" on, November 2012

A Puffin Reality Show - from WBUR's HERE AND NOW radio show at, June 2012

An Eye on the Sea from Above: What Seabirds Tell Us About the Gulf of Maine - from, May 2012

Help a Puffin Colony! Just dig in to Puffins cereal - from, Earth Issue 2012 (with photos by Bill Scholtz, in collaboration with Project Puffin)

Tracking puffins helps scientists learn about unusual bird - by Ann Cameron Siegal, fromKidsPost -, March 2012

Puffins: It’s better in Bermuda - Editorial from, February 2012

The Secret Life of the Rambling Puffin - by Jim Robbins, from, February 2012

Where Do Puffins Go in the Winter? - Editorial from, January 2012

Ripple Marks: The Story Behind the Story - The Gulf of Maine: Between a Rock and a Hard Place? Slack Tide for Seabirds - by Cheryl Lyn Dybas, from Oceanography - The Official Magazine of the Oceanography Society, Volume 24 | Number 3 | September 2011

Pies on Parade: my new favorite Rockland festival - by Eva Murray, from Village Soup Community Network (Herald Gazette), January 2011

Hatching My Passion - by Steve Kress, from, October 2010

Back to the source - by Pete Dunne, from Birder's World magazine, October 2010

A Puffin Comeback - Cover story from Smithsonian magazine, June 2010 (read the follow-up blog by author Michelle Nijhuis, by clicking HERE)

Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures - Project Puffin episode has been airing on two stations in California in January - KCVU-CR (FOX) - Chico/Redding, CA and KRON-SF (MyTV) - San Francisco, CA - according to alerts from, January 2010 (NOTE: need password to use site)

Seabird Conservation News

Fisheries output to plunge unless global warming reeled in - from Reuters,  March 2018 (Note: Not about seabirds directly - related content)

Wisdom, The World’s Oldest Known Wild Bird, Successfully Hatches Another Chick! - from USFWS - Pacific Region,  February 2018

Photos: UV Light Reveals Surprising Hidden Message on the Beaks of Atlantic Puffins - from Newsweek,  February 2018

Oregon Elevates Threatened Marbled Murrelet to Endangered Status - from Oregon Public Broadcasting,  February 2018

A critical fishery left vulnerable to one company's exploitation - from Portland Press Herald,  November 2017

Summer may be getting longer in waters off New Englend - from, September 2017

Cormorants Flock to Nesting Platforms on New East Span - from Metropolitan Transportation Commission (, May 2017

To Save Albatross From Sea Level Rise, an Experimental Colony Lifts Off - from, March 2017

Disappearing Puffins Bring an Icelandic Hunting Tradition Under Scrutiny - from, January 2017

Hunting 'Turr' in Newfoundland's Frigid Waters - from NY Times, December2016

Scientists stumped by disappearing seabirds off Nova Scotia despite protections - from CBC/Radio-Canada, November 2016

Landslide Triggered by New Zealand Earthquake Crushes Rare Seabird Colony - from, November 2016

Hundreds Of Dead Puffins Are Mysteriously Washing Ashore In Alaska - from Huffington Post, November 2016

Animals Eat Ocean Plastic Because it Smells Like Food - from National Geographic, November 2016

The ocean is losing its breath - and climate change is making it worse - from The Conversation, October 2016

World's largest protected marine area to shelter penguins, petrels - from BirdLife International, October 2016

Not Just Another Stinky Fish - from The New York Times, October 2016

Puffin numbers rise on Lundy Island after rat eradication - from North Devon Journal, August 2016

In their hunt for misspent EU cash, even rare birds are fair game for Brexit camp - from The Guardian, June 2016

Scientists: Climate change is behind Arctic's 'startling' winter warmth - from Alaska Dispatch News, March 2016

Animals Die in Large Numbers, and Researchers Scratch Their Heads - from, January 2016

Thousands of birds found dead along the Alaskan shoreline - from, January 2016

Recovery: The Miracle on Palmyra - from Cool Green Science, December 2015

12 Adorable Animals Threatened by Climate Change - from Mashable, December 2015

How Plastic Birds Are Bringing Crested Terns Back From The Brink - from Audubon Magazine, November/December 2015

The Burning Man of Birding: Inside Iceland's Puffin Festival - from Audubon Magazine, November/December 2015

Endangered Hawaiian Petrels Moved To Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge - from American Bird Conservancy, November 2015

World's biggest seabird tracking database shows their incredible journeys - from BirdLife International, October 2015

After 60 million years of extreme living, seabirds are crashing - from, September 2015

Sea Level Rise and Storm Wave Flooding Threaten Seabirds - from, September 2015

90 Percent of Seabirds are Eating Plastic - from, September 2015

In The Stomach Of A Seabird, A Glimpse Of An Ocean Heating Up - from, August 2015

Puffins' winter odyssey revealed - from BBC News, July 2015

Why Aren't Ethics and Morality Considered Relevant in Debates Over Wildlife Culls? - from Pacific Standard Magazine (, June 2015

Icelandic Birds on European Endangered List - from Iceland Review Online, June 2015

Plastic pellets found in puffin tummies - from CBS News, March 2015

Scottish Puffins found with plastic pellets in their stomachs - from, March 2015

Herring decline threatens fragile seabird populations, biologist says - from, March 2015

Wisdom - the World's Oldest Laysan Albatross - Lays an Egg at Midway Atoll - from USFWS Pacific, December 2014

Are We Missing the Big Picture on Climate Change? - from, December 2014

Toxins from plastic pollution impacting health of seabirds, scientists say - from, September 2014

Listen to the puffins, the ocean's canary in the coal mine - from, September 2014

Gannet population in grave shape off Newfoundland, scientists warn - from, August 2014

'It is a remarkable success story' - from, August 2014

Iceland's Seabird Colonies Are Vanishing, With "Massive" Chick Deaths - from, August 2014

Shifts In Habitat May Threaten Ruddy Shorebird's Survival - from, July 2014

Once-common marine birds disappearing from our coast - from The Seattle Times, July 2014

Ghost Towns, Puffins and Unspoiled Views - from NY Times, July 2014

Birders are not obsessive … Hey, look! A tufted puffin! - from Bangor Daily News, June 2014

Calling all puffins - from The Telegraph, April 2014  (Note: article link no longer available)

Forage species poised for enhanced protection on the west coast - from Audubon's, April 2014

Plankton make scents for seabirds and a cooler planet - from Science Daily, March 2014

Fears for Westcountry puffins after "storm wreck' - from North Devon Journal, March 2014

Northern Mystery: Why Are Birds of the Arctic in Decline? - from Yale Environment 360 (e360), January 2014 - also please refer to this pdf file by Ed Struzik

Interview: Dr. Bill Montevecchi on Oil and Dispersant Effects on Birds Wintering in the Gulf of Mexico - from Ocean Conservancy, January 2014

What Does a Puffin Taste Like? The answer is even worse than the question. - from, January 2014

Traffic Jams Lend Insight Into Emperor Penguin Huddle - from, December 2013

To avoid killing birds with wind turbines, researchers track flight patterns off Maine coast - from Bangor Daily News, July 2013

Penguin Sentinels - from NSF QUEST, July 2013

Guillemot eggs are self-cleaning - from BBC News, July 2013

Puffin Count On Isle of May NNR in Scotland Gives Surprising Result  - from, May 2013

Lost & Found - from New Zealand Geographic, May 2013

Puffins Overhunted in Iceland - from News of Icelend, May 2013

Invasive species: The 18-km2 rat trap - from, May 2013

Seabirds Carry Warnings of Ocean Pollution - from, May 2013

Plan to save New Zealand seabirds heralds changes to fishing practises - from BirdLife International, April 2013

Hundreds of dead puffins found on the east coast could have died of starvation due to wintry weather - from Daily Record (UK), March 2013

A Guitar reveals the call of the Fiji Petrel - from BirdLife International, January 2013

Fake gannets entice real gannets to hatch chick on Motuora Island - from New Zealand Department of Conservation, January 2013

Tern Island research station destroyed, crew evacuating - from Raising Islands--Hawai'i science and environment (, December 2012

Razorbill: Victim of Hurricane Sandy? - from CNN iReport, December 2012

Rat eradication project on South Georgia set to resume from BBC News, November 2012

Above the ocean: saving the world's most threatened birds - from, November 2012

Easing The Collateral Damage Fisheries Inflict on Seabirds - from Yale's, August 2012

Can One Incredibly Stubborn Person Save a Species?  - from, May/June 2012

Arctic Seabirds Adapt to Climate Change from, May 2012

More petrels discovered in Haiti - from BirdLife International, February 2012

First ever chick photos give hope for threatened Caribbean seabird - from Grupo Jaragua, January 2012

Second Short-Tailed Albatross Hatches at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge - from What's New - Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge News, January 2012 (Note: article link no longer available)

Aircraft carrier and helicopters come to unique island’s rescue - from BirdLife International, December 2011

A Call to Protect Humble Fish, for Seabirds’ Sake - from NY Times, December 2011

She's Back! - from What's New - Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge News, December 2011 (Note: article link no longer available)

Outright puffin hunting ban suggested in face of population crisis from IceNews, November 2011

Little auks go to the Greenland Sea to moult - originally from PlanetEarthONLINE, September 2011

New Bird Species Revealed to Science After 50 Years in Museum Drawer - from, August 2011

Grim Outlook for Puffin and Arctic Tern Nesting - from, June 2011

Puffins get 'sat nav' devices for key study - from, May 2011

'Success' in South Georgia rat eradication - from BBC News, May 2011

New Models May Reduce Seabird Bycatch - from, April 2011

'Naked' Penguins Baffle Experts - from, April 2011

200 puffin decoys to lure birds back to Ramsey Island - from BBC News, April 2011

Big Fishing Yields Small Fish - from, April 2011

MS Oliva runs aground on Nightingale Island, Causing an Environmental Disaster - from, March 2011

Oldest known wild bird in US returns to Midway to raise chick - from Science Daily, March 2011

Another New Storm-Petrel Discovered - from, February 2011 - also please refer to this pdf file by Peter Harrison

Ninety Percent of Arctic Tern Chicks Starve - from Iceland Review_Online, January 2011

China’s rarest bird discovered wintering in Indonesia - from BirdLife International, December 2010

A Path for Puffins - from The Chronicle of Higher Education, December 2010

Flexibility could help seabirds cope with climate change - from PlanetEarth Online, November 2010 (Note: article link no longer available)

Worsening North Sea conditions could be increasing Atlantic puffins mortality in winterfrom Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), August 2010

Puffin colony recovers after mystery crash in numbers - from, July 2010

Jamaica's petrels reveal some of their secrets - from BirdLife International, June 2010

Murres & Eagles - from (TV Section), March 2010

Extermination in paradise - from, March 2010

Dead puffins thought to have been blown to Island by storms -  from The Royal Gazette, February 2010

Preventing extinction through education - from BirdLife International, January 2010

Arctic tern's epic journey mapped - from BBC News, January 2010

North Sea conditions could be harming puffins - from PlanetEarthOnline, January 2010


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