C.12 Protection Island Aquatic Reserve Avian and Marine Mammal SurveyBetsy Carlson

Tufted PuffinSince November 2016 a group of volunteers has conducted monthly boat-based bird and mammal survey's through the waters of Protection Island Aquatic Reserve (PIAR) as part of the Citizen Stewardship Committee for PIAR.

Two years of observations revealed many noteworthy details about marine birds and mammals in this area, and, by extension, the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Counting over 23,000 individual birds and 500 marine mammals, we recorded feeding flock assemblages, seasonal changes in species diversity, and use of the reserve by species such as Marbled Murrelet, Pigeon Guillemot, Rhinoceros Auklet, Common Murres, Yellow-billed Loon and a variety of gulls.

We will discuss the project, the process and our findings.

 Yellow-Billed LoonCommon Murres