Marbled Murrelet Survey

Cape Perpetua Central Coast | July

Due to COVID-19: The Marbled Murrelet Survey program will not include the usual camping event and community science on-the-ground surveys. These plans may change. Please contact Paul Engelmeyer at or Joe Liebezeit at with questions.

First listed under the Endangered Species Act in 1992, Marbled Murrelets are threatened by logging, which has resulted in the destruction and fragmentation of the species’ nesting habitat. This community science project typically includes an overnight trip to spectacular Cape Perpetua, where participants get a rare opportunity to see the endangered and elusive Marbled Murrelet in both its old-growth forest nesting grounds or in coastal waters where it forages.

The project starts with an evening presentation with Oregon State University Marbled Murrelet expert Kim Nelson and Portland Audubon Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary manager, Paul Engelmeyer. 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 our supporter list as we continue our decades-long fight for this species survival. 

Partners: Oregon State University

Marbled Murrelet, Photo by Rich MacIntosh, USFWS

Coming soon: July 2021 Ecology and Conservation presentation

Check back for updates and an RSVP later this spring.


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


Volunteer Requirements

  • 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. Camping is available at numerous campgrounds in the area including group campsites: Siuslaw National Forest Camping, Cabins & Yurts.  Click here for a list of lodging options near Yachats, Oregon.



If you have any questions about this event contact Paul Engelmeyer, Portland Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary manager (541-547-4227, or Joe Liebezeit, Staff Scientist (971-222-6121,