Marine Mammal Lecture
The Friends of Haystack Rock lecture series hosts a talk on marine mammals on the Oregon coast, when Debbie Duffield speaks on “Current Trends of Marine Mammals along the Oregon Coast.” The event, free and open to all, takes place on Wednesday, March 11, 7 p.m., in the Cannon Beach Library (131 N. Hemlock St.).
Dr. Duffield, coordinator of the Northern Oregon/Southern Washington Marine Mammal Stranding Network (in partnership with the Seaside Aquarium), is a professor in the biology department at Portland State University. She will discuss what the stranding network’s data can tell us about marine mammal populations on our coast, including changes that are occurring in our marine environment as they are reflected in the marine mammals of the Northwest. Her talk will provide an overview the marine mammals commonly seen close to our coastline and recent changes in the presence of various species, as well as the issues faced by these animals, especially as reflected in the marine mammal stranding network. These areas of concern include warming waters, redistribution of prey, increases in competition with humans, exposure to biotoxins from algal blooms, and disease. Time will be allowed for questions and discussion.
For more information, contact Tiffany Boothe, [email protected].