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Project Puffin: History and Success with Seabird Sue talk to kick off Belfast Garden Club and Belfast Free Library Evening Speaker’s Series
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:30pm Belfast Garden Club and Belfast Free Library partner to kick off their free winter evening programs series, “Wildlife Conservation in Maine” in Belfast Free Library’s Abbott Room. The February 11 talk will be "Project Puffin: History and Success with Seabird Sue."
The National Audubon Society started Project Puffin in 1973 in an effort to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. For 300 years, Atlantic puffins and other Maine seabirds suffered from intense hunting for their eggs, meat and feathers, until Maine’s first bird protection law was passed in 1901. By that time, their numbers had been severely depleted, and they had disappeared from most of their traditional nesting sites.
Susan Schubel (Seabird Sue), Outreach Educator for Project Puffin, biologist and artist, will describe the activities and techniques used in the restoration projects. Sue has introduced more than 10,000 students to Maine’s rich ecology and Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Project through many activities of her own design.