Marbled Murrelet Survey
After a pandemic-forced hiatus during which it was held virtually, the annual Marbled Murrelet survey has returned to Cape Perpetua. The in-person event will be held on Wednesday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Yachats Commons (441 Hwy 101 N. in Yachats), with field trips to observe the birds the following day.
The evening portion of the event at Yachats Commons includes presentations by Kim Nelson, a research wildlife biologist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, and by Portland Audubon Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary manager Paul Engelmeyer. They may be joined by other guests. The presentation will cover the life history and ecology of the unique, threatened murrelet, and the conservation challenges it faces. It will also provide instruction on how to identify and survey for this elusive bird.
The following day, participants get up early to help survey for Marbled Murrelets at a number of locations in the Cape Perpetua area as the birds return to their old-growth and mature forest nesting grounds from nearshore foraging areas. Participants survey in the Cummins Creek, Ten Mile Creek, and Yachats landscape. This area includes the ‘Globally Significant’ Central Coast Murrelet Important Bird Area. The event will finish by surveying the ocean for Marbled Murrelets in their nearshore feeding areas.
Training will be provided, so no prior experience is needed but RSVP required!
Covid protocols will be observed, including mandatory vaccination and face masks for the indoor presentation. Once registered, you will receive additional details.