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Birding and Blues Festival Presentation: Oregon's Black Oystercatchers

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When: Apr 22, 2017 from 03:00 pm to 04:15 pm

Join Joe Liebezeit for a presentation at the Birding and Blues Festival in Pacific City Saturday April 22, on the Black Oystercatcher and Oregon’s system of Marine reserves and protected areas.


Black Oystercatcher
Photo by Scott Carpenter
Where: Kiawanda Community Center in Pacific City, Ore.

Join Joe Liebezeit, our Avian Conservation Program Manager, for a presentation about the Black Oystercatcher, a large shorebird with a long red bill and pink legs. This top predator can be found in rocky intertidal areas throughout Oregon. However, its numbers are small with only a little over 10,000 birds throughout the species range. Portland Audubon has recently spearheaded a community science effort monitoring the Black Oystercatcher population in Oregon, building on previous efforts by USGS and USFWS. 

Joe will discuss Portland Audubon’s recent efforts to estimate this vulnerable species population size in Oregon, unveil mysteries of this birds nesting behavior, and discuss efforts to minimize human disturbance to oystercatchers along the coast using knowledge from local citizens. Joe will also discuss Oregon’s system of Marine reserves and protected areas and how they can act as an important laboratory to study marine life, including oystercatchers. 

An experienced wildlife biologist and conservationist, Joe has been studying birds and other wildlife in diverse habitats for over 20 years. He leads Portland Audubon’s community science program which includes projects ranging from songbird surveys in Portland greenspaces to seabird and oystercatcher monitoring on the coast. Joe also manages Portland Audubon’s Ocean Conservation Program which focuses on helping implement Oregon’s new system of marine reserves and increasing protections of forage fish species important to seabirds.

Click here for more information about the Birding and Blues Festival.

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