Marbled Murrelet Ecology & Survey 2019
July 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
One event on July 23, 2019 at 4:00 am
One event on July 29, 2019 at 6:30 pm
One event on July 30, 2019 at 4:00 am
Two volunteer sessions are offered:
July 22-23 | July 29-30
Enjoy an overnight trip to spectacular Cape Perpetua and get a rare opportunity to see this endangered bird in both its old-growth forest nesting grounds or in nearshore waters where it forages. Surveys will be led by OSU Marbled Murrelet expert Kim Nelson and Portland Audubon Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary manager, Paul Engelmeyer.
The project begins with an ecology talk and training at 6:30 PM at the Yachats Commons, 1555 Hwy 101, Yachats.
The following day, participants get up early to help survey for Marbled Murrelets at a number of locations in the Cape Perpetua area.
This project helps keep track of murrelet use of Oregon’s central coast habitats while also building support as we continue our decades-long fight for this imperiled species’ survival.
If you have any questions about this event contact Paul Engelmeyer, Portland Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary manager, Email.
Camping is available at numerous campgrounds in the area including group campsites: Siuslaw National Forest Camping, Cabins & Yurts.
About the Survey
→ Survey instructions: Will be provided during the event
→ When: Two overnight sessions are offered each July
→ Where: A number of sites in the Cape Perpetua area. Morning survey at upland sites from before sunrise for 2-hours and nearshore surveys at 6 coastal sites from 9-10 a.m.
→ Time commitment: 2 days + travel time
→ Reporting: Data forms provided to project leaders at end of the event
→ Training: Survey training is at 6:30 PM at the Yachats Commons the evening before the survey. Training includes a presentation on the life history and conservation challenges for this species. Survey site selections and maps will be distributed.
→ Birding skills: No bird identification experience required.
→ Equipment: Must have your own pair of binoculars. Bring a spotting scope if desired.
→ Field conditions: The range of morning forest surveys vary from right at the Cape Perpetua Campground to sites that require a more adventurous hike before dawn. For the latter, be prepared for hiking on trails (some of them steep) in poor lighting conditions. Come prepared for cool, damp mornings.
→ Transportation to and from the training is your responsibility.
→ Will be provided during the event
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