The man who led a decadeslong effort to help Atlantic puffins reestablish populations on islands off the coast of Maine is retiring from his role at the National Audubon Society at the end of September.
The career of Stephen Kress, who serves as executive director of Seabird Restoration Program, as well as the vice president of bird conservation at the National Audubon Society, was celebrated at an Aug. 23 event, in advance of his retirement.
“Steve’s responsible for bringing the puffins back after they were gone for over 100 years,” Lyons said.
The job wasn’t easy, and the efforts continue today.
“We translocated about 1,000 puffin chicks from Newfoundland to Eastern Egg Rock, starting in 1973. First with six, then 50, then 100, then eventually between 1973 and 1986, about 1,000,” Kress said. “They were hand-reared in burrows. They were about a week old when they came and about six weeks old when they left. We took the place of their parents for the interim five weeks. Then they headed off to sea, and some of them remembered to come home.”
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