Puffins have problems want to help these birds? Atlantic puffins congregate near their burrows on Eastern Egg Rock, a small island off the coast of Maine (AP photos)
Puffins have problems want to help these birds?
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A group wants bird lovers to help save Atlantic puffins from starvation in Maine.

A puffin is a bird that lives near the ocean. There are about 1,000 pairs of the seabirds in the state. They are known for their multi-colored beaks. The Audobon Society says the number of puffin fledging chicks has declined in the last two years. That may be because their key food source, herring and hake, are leaving for cooler waters. Herring and hake are kinds of fish.

Puffins spend most of their lives at sea. They have babies in the spring before returning to the ocean in early August. The chicks go to sea after their parents feed them for about 40 days.

Audubon maintains three web cameras in key puffin habitats in Maine. Volunteers are being asked to watch the puffins feed and answer questions about their behavior.

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COMMENTS (5)
  • sweetcupcake2
    9/05/2014 - 12:46 p.m.

    Wow you must be very nice people to help save puffins,I would never be able to do something like that, that sounds amazing! I never new those interesting facts about puffins, puffins stay with their parents for 40 years! How much food did it take to feed all of those puffins and rescue them? You must be inspiring people to save puffins like that, frankly I can't even take care of my own pets! But how did you know they were hungry and about to die, honestly I don't even know when I'm hungry I can't wait to tell my family members!!!

  • Prabhleen-Hor
    2/16/2015 - 09:25 p.m.

    I think these birds are cute!I would help these birds if I can.I think people should help more.

  • william1108-yyca
    6/22/2015 - 07:17 p.m.

    I have never seen a Puffin before. Since I looked at the picture its beak looks cool. It has many colors. I wish I have seen one in real life. But soon I will.

  • John0724-YYCA
    7/10/2015 - 05:23 p.m.

    Well in my opinion I think that the puffins should move to a different place then just live at sea and fly all around until they find the fish they are looking for because that would take a lot of energy and the fishes they are looking for herring and hake and they are leaving for cooler waters. But I don't think that this idea is going to work because they are already used to their habitat.

  • John0724-YYCA
    7/14/2015 - 01:05 p.m.

    REBUTTAL:
    William I really disagree with you because the article is about helping to save the puffins because a lot of them are dying because they can't find food. The article is not about how cool a puffin's beak look likes and nothing about seeing Puffin soon or never. I really don't think that you read the article at all but you just looked at the picture and wrote about you seeing a puffin in a picture and the beak looks cool so you want to see one so next time read the article carefully.

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