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It is a misty August night in Witless Bay, Newfoundland, and the season when fledgling puffins leave the burrows where they hatched and take their first flights out to sea.
Now the more than 1,400 pictures taken by the public of puffins carrying fish to feed their chicks are helping conservationists find out why the much-loved seabirds are declining.
According to the National Audubon Society, puffins are not endangered, but they are threatened by human activities.
However in species like puffins, which have to migrate to distant wintering grounds during the non-breeding season, very little is known about how mates maintain their pair-bond and behave.
So I'm pleased our choice of cover picture next year shows that the puffins agree.
Because puffins return to breed at the same island each summer, they are good indicators for changes in forage fish species.
Puffins were saved as a breeding species thanks to the eradication of rats - which eat their eggs - in the late 1990s.
Two 500 ml beakers, white starch puffins, green Styrofoam puffins, water, stir rod, calculator, paper, and a pencil
Puffins are on the state's threatened species list.
Puffins dine primarily on hake and herring, two teardrop-shaped fish that have always been abundant in the Gulf of Maine.
The islands of the Firth of Forth, including Craigleith and the Isle of May, are home to around 90,000 puffins.
Hundreds of years ago, puffins and their chicks practically covered the boulders of Easter Egg Rock, an island off the coast of Maine.