Adopt an Atlantic Puffin

The Atlantic Puffin is easily recognized by its colorful beak (which becomes bright orange in breeding season) and is known by several nicknames – "sea parrot", "the clown of the sea" and even "sea rooster". These birds prefer swimming more than flying and spend most of their lives at sea diving for fish and resting on waves. They only return to land during the spring and summer to breed. The puffin is finding it more difficult to find its major food sources as fish populations are displaced due to the rise in sea temperatures. The shortage of herring, their primary food source, is causing puffins in some areas to fill the void by hunting and feeding their young the more abundant, butterfish. This substitution is problematic for many puffin offspring which are often unable to swallow these larger fish, causing them to die of starvation. Low birth rates, high fledging mortality, food supply disruption, taking four or five years to reach breeding age, and more frequent and extreme ocean conditions could prove crippling for puffins. Help NWF in its efforts to protect and recover the wild places that sustain wildlife. Adopt an Atlantic Puffin today!

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