Skagit Audubon

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Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet

by Maria Mudd Ruth 


Tuesday, March 8,2016
7:00 Social; 7:30 Program
Padilla Bay Interpretive Center
10441 Bayview-Edison Road
Mt. Vernon, Washington



Maria Mudd Ruth calls herself an accidental naturalist. She is the author of more than a dozen books on natural history topics for both young readers and general audiences. Her published work includes books about ecosystems of North America:  The Pacific Coast, The Tundra, The Southwest Deserts,  The Mississippi River.  Maria’s range of subjects reflects her interest in restoring our awe in the natural world.  She is an active citizen scientist and has been surveying Oregon Spotted Frogs and Pigeon Guillemots.

Maria will present her work on Marbled Murrelets: Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet. Alcid nests are typically found on ledges and in burrows on rocky outcrops and coastal bluffs near the water’s edge. The Marbled Murrelet is not your typical alcid. It is unique in its choice of nesting sites. During the summer breeding season, the Marbled  Murrelet flies well inland to nest in trees. And not just any trees, but the large-limbed ancient conifers of the mature and old-growth coastal forests. In these trees, the Murrelet finds high, wide, mossy platforms where it can make its web-footed landing, lay and incubate its one egg, and feed its chick until it fledges. During its time in the forests, this Murrelet is camouflaged, silent, and secretive; its nest, egg, and chick are well hidden. They are central to the controversy regarding logging old growth.

Join us as we learn from Maria the secrets of the Marbled Murrelet


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Skagit Audubon Society holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month except for the months of July and August. We meet at 7:00 pm at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center(Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

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