Date: 11/3/17 5:32 am From: alice morgan <morgan.alice...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] All welcome at talk about restoring Atlantic Puffins!
The Paskamansett Bird Club is sponsoring an illustrated talk about how
Puffins were brought back to the East Coast! Derrick Jackson, who wrote a
book about this adventure, will speak at the Westport Library on Thursday,
November 16, at 6 pm. The talk is free and open to all.
Even people with little interest in birds love Puffins – cute,
improbable-looking seabirds who live on steep cliffs in the inhospitable
northern reaches of the Atlantic Ocean. These charming birds mostly live so
far north that Americans rarely catch a glimpse of them. In the 1970s,
Steve Kress, a biologist from the National Audubon Society, spearheaded an
effort to bring these iconic birds back to the United States. In 1981, he
succeeded in establishing a breeding colony with about 20 nesting pairs.
Against all odds, the colony prospered, and there are now more than 150
breeding pairs of Puffins.
Steve Kress and Boston-based journalist Derrick Jackson tell the story
of this successful reintroduction in their book *Project Puffin: The
Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Egg Rock*
<https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23360118-project-puffin>. On November
16, Derrick Jackson will discuss this extraordinary achievement and how it
has evolved since its initial success, illustrating his talk with many
images of the birds and the process of reestablishing them.
Jackson, who lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is a veteran reporter,
a Pulitzer-nominated *Boston Globe *columnist, and a fellow at the Union of
Concerned Scientists. He is a photojournalist who has shot everything from
Green Bay Packers games to Obama on the campaign trail.
This program is supported by grants from the Westport Cultural
Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural
Council, a state agency.
Alice & Dane Morgan
Brookline & S. Dartmouth, MA