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Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

Date: Tue. 8 Mar, 2016 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Duration: 2 Hours, 30 Minutes

By Maria Mudd Ruth

Maria will present her work on Marbled Murrelets:

Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet. Alcid nests are typically found on ledges and in burrows on rocky outcrops and coastal bluffs near the water’s edge. The Marbled Murrelet is not your typical alcid. It is unique in its choice of nesting sites. During the summer breeding season, the Marbled  Murrelet flies well inland to nest in trees. And not just any trees, but the large-limbed ancient conifers of the mature and old-growth coastal forests. In these trees, the Murrelet finds high, wide, mossy platforms where it can make its web-footed landing, lay and incubate its one egg, and feed its chick until it fledges. During its time in the forests, this Murrelet is camouflaged, silent, and secretive; its nest, egg, and chick are well hidden. They are central to the controversy regarding logging old growth.

Join us as we learn from Maria the secrets of the Marbled Murrelet!

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