Puffin Patrol shot in three key puffin habitats: Newfoundland, Maine and Wales. We wanted to capture three distinct populations that were under duress for different environmental reasons. As well, we sought out some of the key scientists and environmentalists who are working to keep their puffin populations strong. Here is some information about each island and how you help out and visit.
Gull Island, Newfoundland
Gull Island is located in the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. Just a few kilometres South of St. John's, Newfoundland, the reserve provides a summer home to over 300,000 pairs of North Atlantic puffins; the largest colony in North America. Tourists can witness Gull Island and surrounding islands first hand on local whale and puffin tours. Contact Newfoundland & Labrador Tourism for more information.
To join the volunteer Puffin Patrol and assist in capturing and releasing baby puffins, join the Facebook group or contact CPAWS for more information. You won't regret it and the puffins will thank you!
Skomer Island, Wales
Skomer Island is located in Pembrookeshire, Wales. It is surrounded by some of the richest waters for wildlife in the United Kingdom. Management of the Island falls under the care of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. The Island hosts 10,000 breeding pairs of puffins every summer. Limited tourism travel to Skomer is permitted and is definitely worth the trip.
Skomer permits 150 people to travel to the island daily during the summer. But they also look for summer volunteers where you can stay over night. Find out more information here. Very few people get such upfront contact with puffins, manx shearwaters and seals!
Eastern Egg Rock, Maine
This island and nearby islands in the Gulf of Maine provide a vital habitat for North America's most Southern population Atlantic Puffins. Re-established to Maine by Dr. Stephen Kress and Project Puffin in the 1970's, the puffin population grows annually. Tour boats frequent the islands and preach the importance of maintaining waterbird habitats.
Visit the Project Puffin Visitor Centre in Rockland, MA to find out more about Project Puffin. The Audubon also offers courses and lectures through out the summer. Find out more information here and support Project Puffin!