Find your marbles, with bird survey

Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Marbled Murrelet community science survey, which aims to catalog sightings of the endangered bird in and around Yachats.

This area is Oregon’s stronghold for the murrelet and includes the 100,000-acre Globally Significant Murrelet Important Bird Area.

The survey area includes old-growth forest habitat as well as the recently designated Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Seabird Protection Area.

Two sessions are on offer; Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20; and Thursday and Friday, July 26 and 27. Each will begin with training at 6:30 pm on the Thursday at Yachats Commons, 441 Hwy. 101 N. The Fridays will include a morning survey starting before sunrise, followed by near-shore surveys at six coastal sites from 9 to 10 am.

Oregon State University ornithologist and Marbled Murrelet expert Kim Nelson and local naturalist Abigail DeYoung will lead the surveys alongside Paul Engelmeyer, manager of the Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary.

To register, go to

For more information, contact Paul Engelmeyer at 541-547-4227 or

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