The Yaquina Birders and Naturalists will host a free naturalist presentation at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Lincoln County Extension Office, 1211 SE Bay Blvd., Newport.
The topic will be “Weasels Worth Waiting For: Life History, Biology, and Research Updates Focusing on Oregon's Rare Humboldt Marten.” It will be presented by Katie Moriarty, senior research scientist with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement.
Oregon has rare and elusive carnivores, including Pacific martens, fishers, wolverines and Sierra Nevada red foxes. Causes for population declines are poorly understood, but new technology and tools allow researchers to conduct surveys, providing unprecedentedly large quantities of data that inform conservation strategies. Moriarty will provide background on these carnivores and explore the life history challenges of Pacific martens, a kitten-sized member of the weasel family. She'll also integrate cutting edge research to reveal new insights into the daily lives of martens — uncovering a lifestyle characterized by dedicated persistence and predictably mysterious behavior.
Moriarty’s research provides science-based information for forest managers and practitioners specifically aimed at balancing management with the long-term conservation of forest-dependent species, including insects (pollinators), mammals and birds.