Science Pub Portland: Seabirds
This is a past event. Tuesday, April 16 at 7:00pm
Empirical Theater at OMSI 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214
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, scientist and conservationist Joe Liebezeit will describe the wonders of Oregon’s seabirds as well as another unique coastal bird, the Black Oystercatcher. 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.
Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge.