Wednesday Night Lecture Series

The Project Puffin Visitor Center, open May through December, offers lectures in the summer months.

JULY 2024

  • July 3: Sips and Seabirds – Join Susie Meadows, manager of the Project Puffin Visitor Center, who will guide participants during this decoy painting event to learn how scientific methods and techniques developed by Project Puffin helped Maine seabirds and birds around the world. This is a ticketed event. Online Sales have ended. Please call the visitor center for availability.

  • July 10: Amanda Leemann – Join Amanda for a program exploring seaweed ecology, fascinating seaweed stories in history, current harvesting practices, and create your own seaweed art to take home with you! Get ready to be astounded at the magic of seaweed and to come away with a newfound appreciation for the sea life of the Maine coast.

  • July 17: Gloria Jin – Join Seabird Institute’s Communications & Outreach Assistant, Gloria Jin, who will discuss how live cameras are an innovative tool for citizen science and seabird research. Learn more about Audubon’s explore.org live cameras, collaborations with scientists, and opportunities for nature lovers to get involved in community-based research.

  • July 24: Katie Vanhooser and Kat Lane – Join Seabird Institute’s Outreach Education Assistants Katie and Kat, who will discuss the rich history between science and art. In this program, participants will learn how to engage in seabird conservation through art, and all ages will be invited to create a painting on a 5x5 inch canvas under the theme of Maine seabirds and their habitat. These paintings will be collected and put on display where they will be auctioned off to raise money for seabird conservation here in Maine. All necessary art supplies will be available for participants.

  • July 31: Susan Beebe – Join Susan, a local artist, who will be at the center to assist and guide participants in a hands-on, full-sensory art activity. This activity is suitable for all ages and all supplies will be provided, including all art materials. NOTE: There is a $5 program fee for this activity.


  • August 7: Don Reimer – Join Don, who will be discussing members of the Corvid family, which includes ravens, crows, and jays; some of Maine's most intelligent and resourceful birds. Reimer will present a photo discussion of this intriguing family, focusing on their unique traits, habits and behaviors that make them so successful.

  • August 14: Don Lyons – Join Don, the Director of Conservation Science for Audubon’s Seabird Institute, who will provide an update on the development of wind energy in the Gulf of Maine and the efforts of the Seabird Institute to minimize impacts on Maine’s seabirds. Nesting puffins, terns, and other seabird species have been tracked in recent years to better understand the areas of the Gulf that are most important.

  • August 21: Steve Kress – Join Steve, the founder of Project Puffin, who will present the story of how teams of young naturalists helped to restore puffins and other seabirds. The work of Project Puffin also inspired groups from around the world to help other seabirds return to their native homes.
Wine, cheese & light refreshments will be served. 
Presentations begin at 5:00pm. Space is limited, so please call ahead to reserve a seat: 207-596-5566

Project Puffin Visitor Center address:

311 Main Street
Rockland, ME, 04841
Phone: 207-596-5566
OR (toll-free within the USA): 877-4-PUFFIN (877-478-3346)

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