Puffin Patrol

The Puffin PatrolMolly Bawn's ecological involvement

Puffin Patrol The
Molly Bawn Whale & Puffin Tours
crew is an important part of the
Puffin Patrol
.

The artificial lights of the Southern Shore and
Witless Bay
can lure the young puffins onto land, and even lead them to the dangerous streets! Puffin chicks fly in the night, using the stars and the moon as a navigational system, directing them to the sea. But some chicks move in the direction of artificial lighting on land. Puffins are seabirds, and aren't adept at surviving on land.

The Puffin Patrol is group of volunteers devoted to
rescuing lost puffins
, and releasing them back into the Atlantic Ocean, safely and responsibly.

The
Puffin and Petrel Patrol
started around 2005. Juergen and Elfie Schau were visiting Witless Bay from Berlin, Germany. They noticed baby puffins stranded along the roadside, and wanted to help. They recruited the locals to help rescue the stranded puffins, and learned this was a regular event during fledging season.


Molly Bawn
crew members are puffin patrollers every night, keeping an eye out for
lost puffin chicks
. Rescued puffins are carefully weighed, measured, banded, and kept safe overnight. The next morning, our crew assists with releasing them out into the open sea.

When there are too many predatory gulls near the beach, we dedicate our
first boat tour of the day
to give the puffin chicks a lift out to sea, far away from the gulls. This gives them a second chance at their new life. They can grow up, and come back to the puffin islands for years to come.

Depending on the season, you can help us release baby puffins yourself. Hold a puffin in your own hands!

In 2014, a total of 825 puffins were rescued! We estimate a total of over 1,500 birds have been rescued, just since we started counting.

The Molly Bawn
whale & puffin boat tour
is just 40 mins from
St. John's
. Every tour is a great opportunity to see
puffins
up close.



Atlantic Puffin

About puffinsAtlantic Puffins

Atlantic Puffins
are colourful seabirds. They're small, and have webbed feet to help them swim. They live on the edges of the Atlantic Ocean, on tiny puffin islands. They swim on the surface of the sea, and eat small fish by diving underwater from the air.

The Molly Bawn boat tour travels to the
largest Atlantic Puffin colony
in North America. The beautiful seabirds flutter all around our boat.

(Photo by Richard Bartz, [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], via Wikimedia Commons)



Newfoundland puffin boat tourTour details

Duration:
Approximately 1 hour, and 15 minutes


Cost:
Adult: $45 Under 16: $40 Senior: $40 Children under 5: free Private rental: $400


Tours include the chance for:
  • Puffin boat tour
  • Whale watching
  • Iceberg boat tour
(depending on the season)



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A boat tour like no other

Tours include puffin watching

, taking you up close to Newfoundland's exotic wildlife. Puffin tours
There's no other experience like

Whales breaching

right before your eyes. Whale watching
Experience 10,000 year old

Icebergs up close

. See Icebergs