“The Private Aleutian World of Tufted Puffins”
March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
OPAS Program March 20, 2019 at 7 p.m.
The Private Aleutian World of Tufted Puffins
Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 Hendrickson Road, Sequim, WA
Presented by John Piatt and Ajay Varma
Dr. John Piatt, a world expert on puffins, has spent nearly 40 years studying these iconic seabirds in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. His work at the Aleutians focused on the food of puffins, using them as indicators of ocean health. He particularly ponders the question: How have human activities impacted Pacific puffin populations?
As John says, Tufted Puffins are cool birds, the James Dean of seabirds. Among the isolated volcanic Aleutian chain, Tufted Puffins gather in huge colonies, some numbering 100’s of thousands of birds.
In 2012, John traveled to the Aleutians with Ajay Varma, a photographer from Washington State. Their presentation combines John’s vast knowledge of seabirds with Ajay’s amazing photographs, showing the private lives of puffins along with spectacular landscapes of a world where few of us will ever visit.