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Best Viewing Hours:
5am - 9pm ET
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· Puffin Watching Tour
Atlantic Puffins spend most of their time at sea coming to land each spring to breed in colonies on northern coastal islands, like Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge in Maine, home to the puffins visible on our "Loafing Ledge" live Puffin Cam.
While baby puffins and their parents are the stars of the Loafing Ledge, lucky viewers may also catch a glimpse of three other striking black and white seabirds. You may spot Razorbills, which are taller than puffins with a flat, black beak. And watch for Black Guillemots, jaunty seabirds with black bodies and white shoulders - they have bright red feet and mouth lining. Common Murres could show up on the ledge, too; identify them by their distinctive pointed beak. You may also see Audubon Project Puffin interns who spend the summer studying and protecting baby puffins and other species.
The Audubon Puffin web cameras are located 20 miles off of Rockland, Maine. Broadcasting the live video from the Puffin Cam on the island to the Internet is a complex process that involves beaming the signal 26 miles from Seal Island to a radio tower above Rockland. The signal is then relayed an additional 2.5 miles to the top of the Tradewinds Motor Inn in Rockland, where a rooftop dish transfers the video signal to a cable that runs into the Project Puffin Visitor Center, from there it is relayed to the Internet. The video stream is occasionally affected by factors such as changes in tide, reflection off the sea surface and dense fog. During these times the live Puffin Cam video may be lost. If this happens, stay tuned and the video signal will be restored quickly.
location: Seal Island, Maine
best hours: 5:00am - 9:00pm
time zone: Eastern Time
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Dr. Stephen Kress, Director of Project Puffin describes the behavior of migrating puffins.