Landing puffins on Matinicus Rock. Photo: Stephen Kress

Up until recently it was mostly a mystery where puffins went when they went out to sea. Their journey was simply not recorded. However, Stephen Kress of the National Audubon Society, the Director of the Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program, came up with the clever idea to put a GPS tracking device on the leg of a puffin to figure out where it goes. So far, two puffins have returned revealing their journeys in the 8 months they are away from the shore. This is just the beginning of learning the puffins migratory patterns and the specific routes they choose. This information could be instrumental in helping conserve the puffin population and monitoring the health of the seabirds, sea life and the ocean itself.

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