Video Clips Include:
Discover the Puffins of Seal Island
For the Classroom
Presented by explore.org and Audubon
Waiting for the 2014 Season to Begin
Atlantic Puffins over-winter from August to early April on the open ocean — coming to land each spring to breed in colonies on northern seacoasts and rocky islands, like Seal Island in Maine, home to the puffins visible on the live cam.
Recap of 2013 Season
- By May 26: Single egg laid
- Incubation: 39-43 days
- July 2: Egg Hatches
- July 31: Eating and Growing
- August 22:
Atlantic Puffins spend most of their time at sea. They only come to land during the breeding season, from April to August. They nest inside burrows in colonies on northern seacoasts and rocky islands. The rest of the year, puffins are on the open ocean far from land—fishing, flying, swimming or riding the ocean surface, regardless of weather.
The Atlantic Puffin is the only species of puffin found on the Atlantic coast. Maine's Seal Island is home to about 500 of these colorful, pigeon-sized sea birds.