Project Puffin Visitor Center

Visit us in downtown Rockland, Maine! In the summer you can listen to talks on Wednesday nights. For details, please click HERE

Front - Puffin Project Visitor Center
Project Puffin Visitor Center, located at 311 Main Street in downtown Rockland, opened its doors officially on July 1, 2006. The long anticipated center introduces people of all ages to the amazing lives of puffins and other Maine seabirds. The Center celebrates the success of Project Puffin in bringing puffins and other rare Maine seabirds back to historic nesting islands. Here the public can view puffins and other seabirds in real time through a remarkable video system that delivers live video to the Center. Visitors can also learn about the success and challenges faced by Audubon and its conservation partners to restore and protect the seabirds on Maine islands and beaches.

"Seabirds are ideal symbols for ocean conservation," said Dr. Stephen Kress, who initiated Audubon's Project Puffin in 1973 and remains its director. "Because they live in a variety of habitats--including oceans, islands, estuaries and beaches--they demonstrate how all coastal life is connected. Long-term conservation success hinges on public understanding and community support."

Project Puffin Visitor Center is located at 311 Main Street between Rockland's newly renovated Strand Theater and the new Maine Lighthouse Museum.

Packed with fun, educational, and interactive exhibits for people of all ages, the Project Puffin Visitor Center features:

  • Real-time video images and sounds of puffins and other seabirds from remote Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, 20 miles south of Rockland, thanks to robotic cameras funded by grants from MBNA Foundation and the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund. 
  • A theater featuring the 20-minute film Project Puffin about exceptional people taking innovative action to bring puffins and other seabirds back to the Maine coast
  • Maps and exhibits (including a crawl into puffin burrow and an actual size observation blind for children). The exhibits highlight Audubon's conservation work on Maine seabird islands, and facts about wildlife conservation, seabird adaptations, bird-band reading and birds' life histories
  • A gallery exhibiting seabird art and photography and a gift shop featuring nature-related books, videos and clothing as well as educational material and information about joining and supporting Audubon's work in Maine
  • Schedules and other information about seabird-watching boat tours to Maine islands
  • Descriptions of residential programs for youth and adults at historic Hog Island Audubon Camp in midcoast Maine
  • Additional information about Audubon's work for wildlife conservation in Maine

"Among the many reasons we're excited about the new visitor center is its location in Rockland," said Kevin Carley, former Maine Audubon executive director. "Now those who live in midcoast Maine and the thousands of people who visit the region every year will have a unique and convenient way to learn firsthand about Audubon 's seabird restoration projects and our work for wildlife conservation throughout the state. It's a great way to connect people with nature in Maine."

Project Puffin - Schubel Art
In addition to support from Audubon, local businesses and private donors, the visitor center has received a $12,000 grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, which generates funding through sales of an instant lottery ticket to make grants to Maine conservation projects. The new Center also was recognized this spring as the Conservation Project of the Year and received a $10,000 grant from the American Birding Association.

State and local organizations and agencies advising the Project Puffin Visitor Center include: the Farnsworth Art Museum, Friends of Maine Seabird Islands, Island Institute, Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and the Rockland-Thomaston Chamber of Commerce.

Additional Audubon properties and centers open to visitors in Maine include: Gilsland Farm Audubon Center in Falmouth, Fields Pond Audubon Center in Holden, Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center in Scarborough, Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary south of Greenville, Todd Audubon Sanctuary in Bremen, and six additional wildlife sanctuaries with walking trails.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PROJECT PUFFIN and to see online images taken by the camera at Seal Island, please visit 

MAINE AUDUBON works to conserve Maine's wildlife and wildlife habitat by engaging people of all ages in education, conservation and action. To learn more, please visit www.maineaudubon.org. To learn about National Audubon Society programs, visit www.audubon.org.

You can help learn more about and support the Maine puffins by taking a puffin watching tour or adopting a puffin.

Project Puffin Visitor Center Address:

311 Main Street
Rockland, ME 04841
Phone: 207-596-5566
OR (toll-free within the USA)
877-4-PUFFIN (877-478-3346)

HOURS

May:
Daily: Wednesdays through Sundays (only): 10:00am to 5:00pm

June through October:
Daily: 10:00am to 5:00pm
On Wednesdays: 10:00am to 7:00pm (seasonally)

November through December 21st:
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (only): 10:00am to 4:00pm

NOTE: Center is closed for the season every year from December 21st through April 30th. The online store will still be open. Sorry for any inconveniences.

 

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