Seabird biologist Stephanie Loredo will talk about movement, dive behavior and habitat-use of common murres in the Northern California current during a naturalist talk set for 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 21. This free presentation will take place at the Lincoln County Extension Office, 1211 SE Bay Blvd., Newport.
Loredo will provide a look at the behavior and distribution of non-breeding common murres captured at the Yaquina Head colony in Newport and in the Columbia River plume over multiple years, which included the progression of a marine heat wave. Satellite transmitters allowed for the development of behavior-specific habitat models for three different movement groups.
Loredo recently graduated from Oregon State University with a master’s degree in wildlife science. She has worked on marine wildlife research and conservation on the coast since 2014 for OSU, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.