Donations fund puffin research at Haystack Rock

Tufted puffins have been on the decline at Haystack Rock for decades, and no one really understands why.

This summer, a $15,000 donation from the Friends of Haystack Rock will enable the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to study what factors are keeping puffin populations low.

The research will be the first of its kind on the Oregon Coast.

“We really need to collect more data and it has taken a long time for us to do that,” said Shawn Stephensen, a wildlife biologist with the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “This gives us the opportunity to do that.”

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