About the Class
A Tale of Two Seabirds: Marbled Murrelets and Pigeon Guillemots
Every seabird needs a scribe to tell its fascinating life history. How do we find their stories? How do we listen to what stories they are telling us? Who gets to tell these stories?
This class will introduce you to the endangered Marbled Murrelet and the abundant and “watchable” Pigeon Guillemot—two alcids that inhabit the waters of the Salish Sea and come inland to nest—one in old-growth trees, the other in burrows and crevices. These two birds have life histories, breeding behavior, conservation needs, and protocols for studying them.
Maria will discuss two strikingly different ways she has gotten to know these two birds—one used in her published book on the murrelet and the other during a long-term citizen-science study of the guillemot. The goal of this class is to inspire you to get to know and better understand your favorite bird.