Project Puffin’s Wednesday Night Lecture series continues Aug. 17 at 5 p.m. with a presentation and signing of the new book “Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird Back to Eastern Egg Rock.”

Space is limited at the downtown Project Puffin Visitor Center, 311 Main St.; to reserve a seat, call 596-5566. Wine, cheese and light refreshments will be served.

“Project Puffin” is the inspiring story of how one of the best known and renowned seabird conservationists, Steve Kress or “The Puffin Man,” teams up with the notable journalist and nature photographer Derrick Jackson to describe how, under demanding physical and environmental conditions, it was possible to re-establish a vibrant population of puffins on an island off the Maine coast, where they had been wiped out and nonexistent for nearly 100 years.

This daring and against-many-odds endeavor helped bring puffins and other rare seabirds back to any number of islands off the Maine coast and has become the basis for restoring seabirds around the world, with at least 46 species in 14 countries now the beneficiaries. Four decades later, Project Puffin’s techniques have helped to restore dozens of rare and endangered seabirds worldwide and new discoveries continue to unfold revealing the wonders of seabird migrations.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or