The Provincial Bird of Newfoundland and Labrador is the Atlantic Puffin. The Witless Bay Ecological Reserve is home to the largest Atlantic Puffin colony in North America (260,000 pairs). That’s over 1/2 a million puffins!
The Atlantic Puffin are often thought to be relatives of the Penguin, however, they are a seabird in the Auk family. Atlantic Puffins spend most of their lives at sea, only returning to land each spring and summer to breed. Their bright-colored beaks appear during mating season and fade to grey during the winter months.
Puffins mate for life, spending spring and summer together nesting before returning solo to sea for the fall and winter months.
Every spring and summer the four islands that make up the reserve become a nesting ground for approximately 4 million seabirds. Several different species that can be seen on the islands include: the second largest colony of Leach’s Storm-Petrel in the world (620,000 pairs), Common Murre, Razorbill Auk, Black-Legged Kittiwake, Great Black-backed Gull, Black Guillemot, Nothern Fulmar, Thick-billed Murre, and Herring Gull.
A Birder’s Paradise!
For the best viewing opportunity join us on our 2-hour Award Winning Boat Tour as we sail to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve.