Marbled Murrelet illustration by Ram Papish

Newport’s Yaquina Birders and Naturalists will be offering insights and exploits in a pair of events this coming week.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, the group will present “Insights on Oregon’s Marbled Murrelets,” a talk by OSU research assistant Lindsay Adrean.

Adrean will present preliminary results from the Oregon Marbled Murrelet Project, which aims to provide new scientific information about the birds’ breeding requirements by using radio tags to track their at-sea and inland movements.

The talk, which is free and open to all, will start at 7 pm at OSU Extension Lincoln County, 1211 SE Bay Blvd., Newport.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, Roy Lowe will lead a Yaquina Birders & Naturalists field trip that begins at Alsea Bay, a wintering area for grebes, loons, great blue herons and a variety of ducks. The group will then travel east to the 50-acre Eckman Lake, which harbors hundreds of ducks in late winter, including mallard, Northern pintail, American wigeon, green-winged teal and ring-necked duck.

The walk will run from 9 am to noon, starting at the Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center, NW Maple Street, Waldport. For more information, call 541-961-1307.

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