Seabird Sue to address Owls Head Garden Club meeting

Jan 23, 2014

Owls Head — The Owls Head Garden Club will meet Wednesday, Feb. 5, at noon at the Community Building on Ash Point Drive in Owls Head.

Following the business meeting, Susan Schubel, outreach educator for Audubon’s Project Puffin, will talk about Wonderful Puffins.

Puffins are amazing seabirds that can spend four or five years out in the ocean, without ever touching land. Maine is the only state in the United States where Atlantic Puffins breed. Schubel will present interesting and fun facts about the puffin, its biology and history in Maine. Project Puffin helped restore Atlantic Puffins to the Maine islands using revolutionary “social attraction” techniques which are now used with endangered seabird species around the world.

“Seabird Sue” Schubel is Project Puffin’s own Disney Hero and has been the outreach educator for Project Puffin since 2000. She loves to engage her students (usually elementary school age) in learning activities and share real data from the seabird islands with them. Her acquaintance with Project Puffin began in high school when she saw Marlin Perkins rowing ashore with Steve Kress, director of the Seabird Restoration Program, on Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom.” By strange coincidence, her Ornithology professor at UNH knew the project well, and directed her to the Audubon Camp at Hog Island. She first volunteered as a research assistant on Matinicus Rock in 1984. Since then she has spent many summers on Maine seabird islands in addition to seabird stints in California and the Galapagos. Her current summer island base is as a caretaker for Maine Audubon’s Hog Island Audubon Center, where much of the wildlife is human, but she keeps her hand in the seabird restoration business by supplying sound attraction equipment to projects from Bermuda to Hawaii, and Quebec to Baja.

The meeting is open to the public and Owls Head Garden Club welcomes visitors and prospective members.

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