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The bright colors of the Atlantic Puffin make it well loved by people. Boat tours to see puffins are popular near their breeding grounds, and it has been selected to be the provincial bird of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The species was heavily exploited for eggs and meat in the 1800s and early 1900s. Their populations drastically declined, with some colonies eliminated. Currently, the American population is growing because of conservation efforts like the reintroduction program run by National Audubon Society in Maine where new breeding colonies were established.

This Atlantic Puffin was calling with hundreds of other puffins and Razorbills on Machias Seal Island, ME.
 


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