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Monday, February 12 at 7:00 PM - Caspar Community Center

Tim Bray Presents

Seabirds and the Marine Food Web

Wind-driven upwelling along the California coast drives an extraordinarily productive marine ecosystem, attracting many kinds of birds. Offshore marine conditions are far less productive and support a less diverse group of birds, many of which are seldom seen from shore. These two different ecologies are juxtaposed off the Mendocino coast, giving us the opportunity to see a wide variety of seabirds employing different feeding strategies.

This presentation begins with a review of the mechanics and biology of the nearshore and offshore ecosystems, before looking at some of the birds that rely on different parts of the marine food webs and the remarkable adaptations they display.

Tim Bray is a retired Hydrogeologist and currently President of the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society. He co-hosts a monthly radio program (The Ecology Hour) with Dr. Robert Spies, a marine biologist. An avid birder, he goes to sea as often as possible and organizes occasional pelagic field trips.

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