Marbled Murrelet Survey Webinar
The community science field portion of the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project won’t take place this year due to lingering covid concerns, but the 16th annual event will still take place online. Portland Audubon hosts a “Marbled Murrelet Ecology and Conservation” virtual presentation on Tuesday, July 20, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required.
Oregon State University ornithologist and Marbled Murrelet expert Kim Nelson and Paul Engelmeyer, Portland Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary Manager, will cover general murrelet ecology, the latest information on murrelet conservation in Oregon, updates on the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project, and the significance of the Cape Perpetua Important Bird Area and marine reserves to preservation of the species.
The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion with other experts and partners (panel members not yet announced).
Marbled Murrelets are a threatened species with a unique life history, as they forage offshore like other seabirds, but nest inland in old growth forests, thus tying together marine and forest conservation concerns. The Siuslaw National Forest and the adjacent Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve are an important murrelet habitat. In most years, volunteers learn about the bird on the first day of a two-day event, then go out to survey for murrelets the following day, but the latter activity will have to wait until the 17th annual event.
To register, go here.