The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Puffin Island (Alaska)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_417

Puffin Island (Alaska) – an island in the Gulf of Kotzebue, Alaska, USA. It is located 3.3 km northwest of Chamisso Island and 93 km southwest of Selawik on the Kotzebue-Kobuk Lowland. The island is rocky. Many birds nest here, especially horned puffins. It is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

The island is named in 1826 for its birds inhabiting it (sea parrots) by Captain F. W. Beechey.

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