Event: “The Private Aleutian World of Tufted Puffins.” OPAS Meeting

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 photographer Ajay Varma, a commercial 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.
Where: Dungeness River Audubon Center
Date: Wednesday, March 20th
Time: 7:00pm