We are enamored with the story of Stephen Kress and his lifelong mission to bring the puffin bird back to Maine. The adorable and iconic birds were once common along the Maine coast, but in the 19th century people collected eggs from puffins and other seabirds for food and hunters shot the plump birds for meat and used their feathers for pillows and to adorn hats.
Sadly, by 1901 just a single pair of Atlantic puffins was known to nest in Maine, on Matinicus Rock, 20 miles off the coast of Maine. Wildlife enthusiasts paid a lighthouse keeper on the island to protect the two birds from hunters, and in 1918 things got a bit better when the Migratory Bird Treaty Act banned the killing of many wild birds in the U.S. Slowly, the puffins returns to Matinicus Rock, but not to the rest of Maine.
Enter Stephen Kress, who in 1969 worked as an instructor at the Hog Island Audubon Camp on the Maine Coast. He made bringing the puffins back to Maine his life’s work, and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he succeeded.
The heartwarming and encouraging tale is told in his new book, The Puffin Plan: Restoring Seabirds to Egg Rock and Beyond. It is for 6th graders, age 12, and up.
You can find it at the publisher’s site https://tumblehomebooks.org/book/the-puffin-plan/ and use code puffins25 to get 25% off. Book sales will help fund the ongoing field programs of Project Puffin and offer internships for future generations of early career biologists. The book is also sold at Amazon and other book sellers.
The story just goes to show that when people with a good idea persevere, dedicate themselves to working through problems that come up along the way, and partner with others who can help, amazing things can happen. Now, instead of being nearly extinct in the US, more than 600 pairs nest along the Maine coast.
Adventerra Games has purchased five of Kress’ books and will give them away to five lucky winners. See the books giveaway entry form and rules to win one!
THE PUFFIN PLAN BOOKS GIVEAWAY RULES
- Giveaway is for five winners to receive a Stephen Kress Book: The Puffin Plan. (entries close on 10/31/2020)
- Choose as many steps as you’d like to enter
- Enter multiple times
- Five (5) giveaway winners will be chosen
- We vet winning entries so make sure your entries are completed
- Giveaway ends 10/31/2020
- Entrants must be ages 13+
- U.S residents only (lower 48 states excluding AK & HI).
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