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Volunteers count coastal marbled murrelets

Modified: Thursday, Jul 24th, 2014

A marbled murrelet takes off from the water. The small seabird can fly faster than many birds, making it difficult to spot. (Courtesy photo)

YACHATS About the size of a robin and as swift as a car speeding down the interstate, the marbled murrelet can be difficult to spot.

Adding to the difficulty of catching a glimpse of this small seabird is the fact that its most active times of day are at dawn and dusk.

The marbled murrelet is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, and the population has been dwindling at a rate of about 4 percent per year.

The marbled murrelet inhabits the old-growth forest along the central Oregon coast.

A globally recognized Important Bird Area (IBA) more than 80,000 acres in size along with the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Areas and the Cape Perpetua Seabird Protection Area exist to help protect this threatened seabird and other wildlife. The marine reserve restricts all forms of fishing and extractive activities. Some less restrictive rules apply to protected areas.

For the complete article see the 07-23-2014 issue.

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