Welcome to the Guillemot Research Group

We are a Whidbey Audubon citizen science project dedicated to the research, education and protection of the Pigeon Guillemot. Based on Whidbey Island in north Puget Sound, we actively monitor approximately 1,000 Pigeon Guillemots that gather into colonies to breed in our seaside bluffs. These entertaining and endearing black and white seabirds with fire-engine-red feet symbolize healthy coastal waters.
  • What is a Pigeon Guillemot?

    Pigeon Guillemots (PIGUs) Cepphus columba are dark brown, 13-inch, pigeon-shaped seabirds with white wing patches and...

    Why Do We Study Them?

    Pigeon Guillemots (Cepphus columba) are an important indicator species for the Puget Sound because they are...

    How Can I Get Involved?

    Trained volunteers are key to gathering the core of our research data. Each spring we recruit...

In the News

Pigeon Guillemot Gains Phone Book Fame

Whidbey Island’s new telephone book adorns a Pigeon Guillemot on the cover!   *This winter, The Guillemot Research Group has...

Poster Presentation

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference Seattle, 2014 Click here to download a PDF of Prey Selection by Pigeon Guillemots Nesting on...