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Published on July 11, 2017 12:24PM

Experts will offer free training on how to help catalog one of Oregon’s most endangered birds when the Marbled Murrelet citizen science survey returns for its 12th year this Thursday, July 13.

Taking place on Thursday and Friday, the survey will see citizen scientists scour the beaches in the Yachats vicinity — Oregon’s stronghold for the Murrelet — which includes the 100,000-acre Globally Significant Murrelet Important Bird Area.

Oregon State University ornithologist and Marbled Murrelet expert Kim Nelson and Naturalist Abigail DeYoung will lead the survey with Paul Engelmeyer of Portland Audubon and manager of the Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary.

Surveyors 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, volunteers will get to observe murrelets on breeding territories and in their near-shore feeding areas.

Survey training will start at 6:30 pm on Thursday, July 13, at the Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101 N. Survey site selections and maps will be distributed. The next morning, Friday, July 14, surveys of upland sites will start early at 4:48 am, running until 6:48 am, followed by near-shore surveys at six coastal sites from 9 to 10 am.

The survey will be repeated on Wednesday and Thursday, July 19 and 20.

To RSVP, contact Paul Engelmeyer at 541-547-4227 or pengelmeyer@peak.org.

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