Speaker: Jim Rivers, Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology, College of Forestry. Oregon State University
Topic: Uncovering the hidden world of a secretive seabird
The Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) is a small diving seabird in the auk family that occurs from Alaska to central California along the Pacific coast of North America. Murrelets were once common in this region but have declined throughout much of their range due primarily to loss and fragmentation of nesting habitat consisting of older-aged forests. To aid in maintaining habitat for this species and providing for its recovery, the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project has been undertaken to provide a large-scale, long-term investigation to better understand murrelet habitat needs in Oregon and provide a foundation for understanding the balance between forest management practices and the conservation of murrelet nesting habitat. This talk will provide background on the murrelet’s secretive habits, outline the challenges encountered when studying the breeding ecology of this species, and provide an overview of project findings to date.
Thursday, November 7 at 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Hatfield Marine Science Center, Guin Library Seminar Room
2030 SE Marine Science Dr, Newport, OR 97365