Category Archives: Project Puffin

eBird: Gotta catch ’em all!

So while I may understand the rage surrounding this summer’s release of interactive app video game Pokemon Go, I think I found a version even more perfectly suited for someone –a.k.a. a bird dork – like myself: an online bird checklist … Continue reading

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Southward migration

What a whirlwind the end of the season has been! The birds are all packing in those fat reserves with the fall harvest of berries and seeds and the insects that buzz over fallen booty from the fruiting trees. From … Continue reading

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Another summer soon departed..

Well, things are really wrapping up here on the island. Amid clouds of voracious mosquitoes, Frank and I finished taking down the last of the blinds. These somewhat rickety little enclosures, or hides, acted as my work cubicle for the summer and … Continue reading

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Post-season sights on Seal

Well the winds are stirring things up here out at sea. We got gusts up to 29 miles per hour yesterday, presumably from the tropical storm off the coast of North Carolina. The white-capped waves swelled in one direction while streams of foam … Continue reading

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A quiet island remains

And so do I.. Wow, this season has sure gone by in a flash of feathers. The Seal Island Fearless Four came off the island on August 11th: We sported three months worth of grime and sun-browned skin. As longtime … Continue reading

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Reality TV on Seal Island

We call ’em the cams. In 2012, Seal Island was blessed with a handful of waterproof/not-so-poo-proof video cameras that were set in strategic locations around the island to observe the birdlife here, specifically the puffins, during the breeding season. We … Continue reading

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Southward Ho’!

  The migration is already working its way back down the east coast! This is one of the neatest, non-colony-related things about working on Seal Island during the nesting season where you get to see the birds, all kinds of birds, in … Continue reading

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