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The Puffin

Mike P. Harris, Sarah Wanless, Keith Brockie (Illustrator)


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Unraveling the mysteries of Atlantic Puffins, who breed on remote islands and spend most of their lives at sea

At sea for most of the year and preferring remote offshore islands for its breeding habitat, the Atlantic Puffin has lived a life largely hidden from human observation. But now, thanks to persistent study by seabird scientists and exciting new research methods, many of the puffin's secrets can be told. This thorough and charmingly illustrated book reveals in detail the puffin's life history, behavior, ecology, population dynamics, and future prospects.

Eminent seabird ecologists Mike P. Harris and Sarah Wanless create the most complete and up-to-date portrait of puffins ever published. Of particular interest are their recent insights into puffins' winter whereabouts and activities while at sea, made possible by miniature, bird-borne tracking devices that provide unprecedented records of bird activity.

Praise For The Puffin

“The perfect book for readers who have a great desire to know everything there is to know about the life and times of the Atlantic puffin.”—Choice 
— Choice

Yale University Press, 9780300186505, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 14, 2012

About the Author

Mike P. Harris is an internationally recognized seabird biologist and Emeritus Fellow at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology at Edinburgh. He summers on the Isle of May, where he has studied the Atlantic Puffin and other seabirds since 1972. As vertebrate ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology in Banchory, Sarah Wanless leads the long-term ecological research program on seabirds on the Isle of May.