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Marbled Murrelet nesting census Cape Perpetua

Summary: This is a Citizen Science over night with expert guides at Cape Perpetua National Forest Park. We will be camping one night at the Cape Perpetua group camp site. This site is the furthest in with room for 10 cars and 50 campers. We have a covered cooking and eating area. There will be a $10 camping fee per person payable at the event. You can arrange car pool groups with others who sign up. This is a family friendly outing.

 The schedule for the Monday is arrive and set up camp between 3 and 6 PM. Campers can cook dinner in camp or eat out in Yachats before our evening training session at about 6:30. The Drift Inn has food and live music until 10 PM in Yachats. The training session will be with Kim Nelson, Marble Murrelet expert from Oregon State University, and Paul Engelmeyer, manager of the Audubon Conservency on Ten-Mile Creek.

Marbled Murrelets are on Oregon's endangered species list. These sea birds nest only in old growth forests up to 60 miles inland from the ocean. When we discover new nesting spots the state and the feds will then protect that habitat.

Marbled Murrelet on nest--Photo by Thomas Hamer

Tuesday morning we will roll out of our sleeping bags at 4:30 AM and await the arrival of the Marbles as they fly in from foraging on the ocean bringing fresh caught fish to their chicks. After about 2 hours of census we have been invited to the Green Salmon Café in Yachats for 10% off our breakfast. For those of you who are not early risers after breakfast we will go to the waterfront in Yachats and several other water front sites where scopes will set up for us to monitor the Marbled Murrelet adults foraging on the ocean.

There will be a variety of hikes available to us after breakfast on Tuesday for those who choose to stay in the area and a picnic at Neptune State Beach. The full details will be available to those who register. This will be a joint outing with the Marys Peak Group of Corvallis.

Difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1.5 Round Trip
Elevation Gain: Zero

More Information: This is one of my favorite hikes.  It's about a 2-hour drive from Eugene, but well worth it.

Preparation: At the coast even in the summer rain is always a possibility, so definitely prepare for that.  Bring tent, sleeping bag, flashlight, snacks, an extra layer of clothing, and water-resistant hiking boots. Those who would like a campfire are welcome to bring wood and camp chairs. Please ask for any additional info.

Dogs: This is not a dog outing.

About us: The Many Rivers Group is affiliated with State and National Sierra Club organizations.  The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organization in the country, with nearly a million members and supporters nationwide.  The Many Rivers Group is an all-volunteer organization that represents Sierra Club members in Douglas, Coos, and Lane counties.  Please let us know us if you would like to join our conservation and environmental protection efforts.  We also appreciate donations to support our outings and conservation programs.


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  • Bill K.

    Me too. It looked interesting until the 4:30 AM part.
    I'm not even in bad by that hour. Have fun.

    May 10, 2014

    • Lon O.

      Hmm, this outing is for the curious and adventuresome folks out there. It will be a very fun way to learn together.

      May 10, 2014

  • Lyn D.

    Love the area, everything at the Green Salmon is delicious, and the Drift Inn has an amazing veggie burger. However, you irretrievably lost me at the 4:30 a.m. part. (Have fun!)

    May 10, 2014

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