Wildlife Biologist and Filmmaker Document the Plight of the Puffin – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Wildlife Biologist and Filmmaker Document the Plight of the Puffin

Duo screen and discuss “Fish Out of Water” at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

(Feb. 23, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Nationally renowned biologist Stephen Kress and independent wildlife filmmaker Daniel Breton host a screening of “Fish Out of Water” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. The documentary chronicles efforts to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine.

Kress, the father of Hobart first-year Nathan Kress, is vice president for bird conservation and manager of the Maine Coast Seabird Sanctuaries for the National Audubon Society. As the director of the Society's Seabird Restoration Program, he develops techniques for managing colonial nesting seabirds. Among his many books on birding and backyard wildlife management are “Project Puffin” and the “Golden Guide to Birdlife.” Kress received his Ph.D. from Cornell University, where he currently is a research fellow.

Breton is an independent filmmaker who spent his life savings to film “Fish Out of Water,” the story of Project Puffin. Spending weeks on isolated islands off the coast of Maine and battling early spring Atlantic coast weather, Breton captured aspects of puffin behavior never before captured on film.

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