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posted Jun 10, 2016, 7:29 PM by Jotham Oliver
MESA had a great finale to the year with their Puffin Cruise to Eastern Egg Rock in Muscongus Bay. Brought back from the brink of extinction by Dr. Stephen Kress, the Puffin colony at Eastern Egg Rock is now a thriving community and is the southernmost breeding ground. Students spent the year learning about Maine birds, migration, went on a birding trip to the coast, a hawk watch in the fall attended an evening Tin Mountain talk by Dr. Stephen Kress on his sea bird restoration practices. Dr. Kress is responsible for restoring the Puffin colony to EEG and finally, students got a long-anticipated, up-close look at these incredible birds. Circling Eastern Egg Rock, students saw close to 50 Puffins, both in flight, near their burrows or floating on the surface near the boat. As if that wasn't exciting enough, we also saw Black Guillemots, harbor seals, Common, Arctic and Roseate Terns, Double Crested Cormorants, Common Eiders and all three species of Gulls found on the Maine coast. Seas were calm, students quickly got their sea legs and it was a fantastic way to end the year!

We have concluded our theme this year- Forest for the Future and will start next year with Ecohydrology and all things related to water. See you in the fall!