I will probably be sorry that I used this theme so early in the year. I am always looking for unusual signs. This “No Smoking/No Puffin” sign caught my eye in the store and restaurant windows in Alaska.
Puffins are seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water. They breed in large colonies on cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among the rocks or in burrows in the soil.
We were very fortunate during out recent trip to Alaska to have unseasonably good weather. We were able to visit St. Lazaria Island a 65 acre island created when lava pushed up through the sea floor-much the same process that created the Hawaiian islands. The sheer cliffs are a perfect habitat for seabirds: up to half a million storm petrels, murres, auklets, and puffins nest on the island.