Stephen Kress

1987 Laureate, Environment
United States, Born 1945

Project Goal

Develop new techniques for the successful conservation of endangered seabirds

Location: United States

"We have a stewardship role, which carries an obligation to ensure we don’t lose rare species."

Hunters and fishermen almost eradicated Atlantic puffins from Maine’s offshore islands in the 19th century. The innovative techniques that 1987 Rolex Laureate Stephen W. Kress used to bring them back have inspired major changes in seabird conservation.


summers spent relocating puffin chicks from Newfoundland to Eastern Egg Rock


age, in days, of puffin chicks when shifted


pairs of puffins on Seal Island in the early 2000s


pairs of Caspian terns relocated from Rice Island to East Sand Island

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