Attractions Category: Maine's MidCoast & Islands
The National Audubon Society started Project Puffin in 1973 in an effort to learn how to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine.
The Project began with an attempt to restore puffins to Eastern Egg Rock (pictured at right) in Muscongus Bay, about six miles east of Pemaquid Point. Puffins had nested there until the early 1880’s when hunters took the last survivors of this once-flourishing colony. The restoration of puffins to Eastern Egg Rock is based on the fact that young puffins usually return to breed on the same island where they hatched.