The Problem

The marbled murrelet is a threatened seabird that nests in Oregon forests up to 50 miles inland. Insufficient information about the nesting habitat requirements of the murrelet is creating economic uncertainty for public and private forest land managers, and is contributing to uncertainty about the scope and focus of conservation measures needed to protect and recover the species in a working landscape. How Oregon's coastal forests are managed in the future will depend upon developing a better scientific understanding of the habitat needs of the marbled murrelet.

Our mission

  1. To provide an unbiased sample of nest site locations by tracking the birds from the ocean to wherever their nest is located, regardless of forest age or structure, or ownership
  2. To utilize this sample of nests in learning more about the factors affecting the reproductive success which allows for research based land management