In the wild, puffins make their nests: in a burrow they dig with their feet and bill in earthen slopes... or in crevices between rocks or moraine deposits.

At the Biodôme, they live in burrows made specially for them.

Both partners help to incubate the single egg, which weighs about 40 grams. Since a puffin’s “brood patch” is located on its side, they keep the egg under their wings, next to their bodies.

Reproductive age: 4 to 5 years old Puffins generally mate for life Number of clutches per year: 1 Number of eggs: 1 Length of incubation: 39 to 49 days Both male and female care for the young Young remain in the nest 38 to 41 days Age upon leaving the nest: 38 to 41 days

In the wild, puffins make their nests: in a burrow they dig with their feet and bill in earthen slopes... or in crevices between rocks or moraine deposits.

At the Biodôme, they live in burrows made specially for them.

Both partners help to incubate the single egg, which weighs about 40 grams. Since a puffin’s “brood patch” is located on its side, they keep the egg under their wings, next to their bodies.

  • Reproductive age: 4 to 5 years old
  • Puffins generally mate for life
  • Number of clutches per year: 1
  • Number of eggs: 1
  • Length of incubation: 39 to 49 days
  • Both male and female care for the young
  • Young remain in the nest 38 to 41 days
  • Age upon leaving the nest: 38 to 41 days


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Nesting

Nesting

Biodôme de Montréal

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Between the Rocks

A Puffin making its nest in between two rocks.

Biodôme de Montréal

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Nesting at the Biodôme

At the Biodôme, they live in burrows made specially for them.

Biodôme de Montréal

© Biodôme de Montréal, 2005. All rights reserved


Nesting

Nesting

Biodôme de Montréal

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Puffin Egg

Puffin Egg

Biodôme de Montréal

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • Learn more about the ecosystems in the Americas;
  • Observe the diversity that each ecosystem offers regarding the flora, fauna as well as climate;
  • Identify the elements that shape different ecosystems, such as vegetation, wildlife, soil, etc.;
  • Develop different causes and consequences of human actions on ecosystems (from grade 4);
  • Formulate and justify possible solutions on issues, such as global warming, in order to preserve our ecosystems and biodiversity on Earth (from grade 6)

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