13th Annual Marbled Murrelet Community Science Survey

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Join the 13th Annual Marbled Murrelet Community Science Survey on a spectacular stretch of Oregon’s coast near Yachats, Oregon. Training will be provided, so no prior experience is needed. This year, we are offering two separate training sessions – join us for one or both, if you’d like.

Oregon State University ornithologist and marbled murrelet expert Kim Nelson lead the surveys with Paul Engelmeyer of Portland Audubon and manager of the Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary. We’ll survey for endangered marbled murrelets in the Yachats vicinity. This area is Oregon’s stronghold for the murrelet and includes the 100,000 acre ‘Globally Significant’ Murrelet Important Bird Area.

We will be viewing and discussing old-growth forest habitat as well as the recently designated Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Seabird Protection Area. During the morning surveys, murrelets will be seen and/or heard on breeding territories and in their near-shore feeding areas.


Session 1 – July 19/20, 2018

Session 2 – July 26/27, 2018

Day 1: Survey training starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Yachats Commons (1555 Highway 101, Yachats, Oregon) with Kim Nelson and Paul Engelmeyer. Survey site selections and directions (maps) will be distributed.

Day 2: Morning survey at upland sites starts before sunrise and ends 2 hours later and ‘near-shore surveys’ (6 coastal sites) starts at 9:00 a.m. ends at 10:00 a.m.

Please RSVP

Please RSVP by contacting Paul Engelmeyer at (541) 547-4227 or email pengelmeyer@peak.org. Paul can also provide additional information about the survey.


Camping is available at numerous campgrounds in the area: US Forest Service Trip Planning | Oregon State Parks Cabins and Yurts | I Love Oregon Parks

Yachats accommodations:

Ocean Haven | Ocean Odyssey | Go Yachats | Northwest Coast Hotels



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