Marine Mammal Stranding Talk
Jim Rice, Stranding Coordinator for the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network, will speak on how stranding events offer a wealth of information to researchers and resource managers at the next meeting of the Yaquina Birders and Naturalists. The event takes place on Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m. in the public meeting room of Central Lincoln PUD (2129 N. Coast Hwy, Newport). The meeting is free and open to all.
By studying the strandings of whales, sea lions, and other marine mammals, scientists are able to gain valuable insights into the lives of marine mammals, involving their seasonal distribution, life history, environmental contaminant exposures, and incidences of human interaction and disease. Rice, who is based at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, will provide an overview of the work of the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network and present a summary of stranding trends and case investigations.
For more info, call 541-961-1307.