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“The Seabirds and Marine Mammals of the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve”
June 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
OPAS Program “The Seabirds and Marine Mammals of the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve”
Presented by Bob Boekelheide
When: June 19, 2019 at 7 p.m.
Where: Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 Hendrickson Road, Sequim, WA
NOTE: June is OPAS’s traditional month to hold a potluck dinner before the monthly meeting, but due to recent insect infestations we cannot have food inside the Audubon Center. Therefore there will be no potluck dinner in June and the monthly meeting starts at 7 p.m.
Starting in 2016, a valiant band of researchers has been surveying seabirds and marine mammals of the Protection Island Aquatic Reserve in the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Aquatic Reserve includes over 37 sq mi of marine waters around Protection Island, the largest seabird-nesting colony in the Salish Sea. Their research has focused on “who, when, and where,” trying to determine the annual cycle of seabirds using offshore waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and which areas of the Aquatic Reserve are most important for their use. Bob Boekelheide, OPAS vice-president and bird sightings chair, presents the most recent information about seabird distribution and abundance right out our back door.