The Enigmatic Marbled Murrelet: January Program Meeting Tuesday 1/22/19

Kim Nelson will share information she has gathered on the enigmatic Marbled Murrelet (MAMU).

These murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) are unique small, cryptic seabirds that nest inland in older-aged forests of the Pacific Northwest, instead of on off-shore rocks like their relatives. Murrelet populations have declined over much of their range due primarily to current and historic loss and fragmentation of their forest breeding habitat. Changes in ocean conditions and prey availability are also impacting nesting frequency and nesting success. Come hear about the Marbled Murrelet, the last bird species in North America to have its nest found. Kim will discuss murrelet ecology, recent research in Oregon, and new developments in technology that help in studying this elusive seabird.

Kim is a Research Wildlife Biologist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University.

Her research has been focused on the ecology and habitat associations of seabirds, specifically using modeling and habitat data to better understand and help resolve wildlife conservation and management issues. She has published more than 50 scientific papers on her research. Originally from Colorado, she moved to Oregon in the mid-1970s because of her love of the ocean, forests, and mountains. She spends her free time birdwatching, gardening, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors.

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Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St., Eugene
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 - 7:30pm