If you want to find something to help bring some calm and wonder into your life, or perhaps something that would keep the kids entertained for a while, so you can take a shower... might I recommend checking in on Maine's super neat bird buds, the Puffins!

Did you know there are live cams set up along the Maine coast that can give you an up-close and personal look a Puffins and they stream 24/7?!

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Take a little peek into the burrow of one of these beaked beauties, by clicking here! If you want to check them out on the rocks, click here.  They even have cameras set up on the exterior of their burrow, and on what they call a "loafing ledge" where Puffins like to gather around and hang out together. (The equivalent of an office water cooler, except their water...so much cooler here.)

Actually, you can see into more than just their burrow! Explore.org has cameras set up on the exterior of their burrow, and on what they call a "loafing ledge" where Puffins like to gather around and hang out together. (The equivalent of an office water cooler, except their water...so much cooler!)

"Located 21 miles off the coast of Maine on Seal Island, this live puffin cam gives an intimate glimpse inside a puffin burrow, where puffins nest and breed during the spring and summer months."

That's the description on their website.

The reality is so much more than just a glimpse!

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You can hear all the little and loud noises these birds make. You can see, from all sorts of different angles, what these guys are looking at, what kind of weather they're encountering. It's pretty neat.

The website offers live cams from all over the world. There are watering holes in Africa, brown bear cams in Alaska, and you can watch exotic birds feed in Panama, and explore the world's oceans. It's pretty rad.

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I like the other offerings from Maine because they're so picturesque. You can check out seals from this one. There's a view from an Osprey's nest here. You can peek inside a Guillemot burrow, here. 

Of course, if deer are more your thing, you can also check out a website we've mentioned before, located right in Brownville, Maine at the Brownville Food Pantry for the Deer. That's pretty fun, too.

These are live webcams you can actually share with your kids...No no need to hide these streams! They're safe for everyone to watch. And, should your kids be fans of the popular Netflix cartoon, Puffin Rock, you can guarantee they're gonna dig the real-life version of it! So if you find your weekend plans rained out for whatever reason, remember you can totally kill some time peeking at Puffins!

You're welcome!

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