Keenan Yakola, NE CSC Graduate Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, is examining the impacts of climate change on seabirds and coastal fishes in the Gulf of Maine. He’s back on Seal Island in Maine conducting research for the NE CSC project
“Ecological and management implications of climate change induced shifts in phenology of coastal fish and wildlife species in the Northeast CSC region”. Check out the Audubon puffin cams and his blog posts from the field.
By Keenan Yakola, Project Puffin’s Supervisor on Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge
The resident seabirds have just started to settle in to prepare for another nesting season on Seal Island NWR! Terns are performing in-flight courtship displays while puffins are head tossing and calling loudly from the waters nearby. With the live cams back up and running for the summer season, be sure to keep an eye out for these courting behaviors!
This summer, new supervisor Isabel Brofsky and I will be overseeing the Seal Island NWR research team from Project Puffin, ensuring the conservation and research of the seabirds that we all have grown to love.
Isabel Brofsky is returning for her second season with Project Puffin after spending last summer with the seabirds of Matinicus Rock, just an hour boat-ride from Seal Island NWR. Last fall she worked with with HawkWatch International in the Goshutes Mountains of Nevada, banding hundreds of migrating raptors.
I am returning back to Seal Island NWR for my second season as Island Supervisor and third with Project Puffin. I am also currently a master’s fellow with the Northeast Climate Science Center at the University of Massachusetts Amherst working with Project Puffin to analyze the effects of climate change on terns and their primary prey species. Read More >>
...and see the June 20 blog, "Maine’s First State Record of Ancient Murrelet: How it’s vagrancy could be a warning Climate Change"