Journal of the San Juan Islands


Where have all the seabirds gone?

November 7, 2012 · Updated 3:54 PM

Tufted Puffin / Contributed photo / B. Hoglund

SeaDoc Society postdoctoral fellow Dr. Nacho Vilchis will share findings of his soon-to-be published study on the decline of birds of the Salish Sea as part of SeaDoc’s Marine Science Lecture on Nov. 13, on Orcas Island.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m., at the Emmanuel Episcopal Parish Hall in Eastsound.

Vilchis has spent the past two years unraveling the various factors causing declines in numerous species of birds living in the Salish Sea. The study combines decades worth of data on the status and trends of various marine birds generated in both the U.S. and in Canada, as well as from annual Christmas Bird Counts sponsored by the Audubon Society.

Once published, Vilchis’ study and manuscript, and the findings they contain, are expected to galvanize recovery efforts for multiple species of marine birds whose numbers are in decline.

A video illuminating those findings will be available following publication of the study and manuscript.

For more info, visit SeaDoc Society at www.seadocsociety.org.


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