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Science Pub Portland: Seabirds | Unveiling Mysteries of Seabirds to Inform Conservation Efforts on Oregon’s Iconic Coast

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When: Apr 16, 2019 from 07:00 pm to 09:00 pm

Birds have long been known to act as an indicator of overall health of habitats and ecosystems. Oregon’s coastline supports over 1.3 million nesting seabirds including 13 species and many others that visit our waters from around the world.

Where: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland Oregon 97214
Time: Doors at 5 p.m.
Price: $5 advance purchase for guaranteed seating ($5 suggested donation at the door)

Birds have long been known to act as an indicator of overall health of habitats and ecosystems. Oregon’s coastline supports over 1.3 million nesting seabirds including 13 species and many others that visit our waters from around the world. On the West Coast, Oregon supports over one half of all colonial nesting seabirds in the lower 48 making it a vital breeding ground. Seabirds have also experienced some of the most dramatic population declines of any bird species group over the past half century.  They are challenged with a number of threats ranging from overfishing to impacts associated with a warming ocean including ocean acidification. 

In this talk, Portland Audubon scientist and conservationist Joe Liebezeit will describe the wonders of Oregon’s seabirds, as well as another unique coastal bird, the Black Oystercatcher that make their home or visit Oregon’s shores and marine waters. 

Joe will describe Portland Audubon’s on-going community science projects focused on coastal bird species and report on new findings. These projects rely on participation of members of the public and are helping to inform efforts to conserve, protect, and better understand Oregon’s iconic rocky shoreline and recently designated system of Marine Reserves and Protected Areas.  Learn how you can help too!

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Black Oystercatcher
Photo by Scott Carpenter
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