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Lower Nehalem Watershed Council Speaker Series: Bird Conservation in Oregon’s Marine Reserve System


Do you love seabirds? Want to learn how to get involved and help scientists understand seabird populations in marine reserves? Join Lower Nehalem Watershed Council as they welcome Joe Liebezeit, Avian Conservation Program Manager of the Audubon Society of Portland for a presentation on how citizen science has enabled a better understanding of seabird populations in marine reserves.

The presentation will be held at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave, Manzanita. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. The presentation will start at 7:20 p.m. following an update from Lower Nehalem Watershed Council. This special presentation is brought to you in partnership with the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.

After many years of planning and public involvement, the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and marine protected area went into effect on January 1, 2016. The site is located in state waters (shoreline to three nautical miles out) between Falcon Cove and Manzanita, Oregon and is an area dedicated to conservation and scientific research.

Just like parks and protected natural areas on land, there are multiple benefits of protected areas in the ocean. These sites also serve as living laboratories, where we can learn about marine reserve protections and Oregon’s ocean environment to help us maintain our seas for future generations. Oregon has designated five marine reserve sites, located at Cascade Head (near Lincoln City), Otter Rock (near Newport), Cape Perpetua (near Yachats), Redfish Rocks (near Port Orford), and Cape Falcon (near Manzanita). The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is responsible for managing and scientifically monitoring these five sites. Learn more about Cape Falcon and the other Marine Reserves at http://www.oregonmarinereserves.org/.

The Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve is a group of local people and organizations who are working to increase understanding and appreciation of the marine reserve. The local group works closely with a number of non-profits including the Lower Nehalem Community Trust, North Coast Land Conservancy, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Oregon State Parks, The Nature Conservancy, Surfrider, and local watershed councils to put on educational lectures, field trips, youth education programs and more.

The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council is exited to partner with the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve to bring this exciting presentation on sea bird populations and citizen science to the communities who worked so hard to see the local Marine Reserve go into effect. Presenter Joe Liebezeit has worked for the Audubon Society of Portland since 2013. He manages their citizen science projects and a number of state-wide conservation efforts including ocean conservation work. Prior to his position with Portland Audubon, Joe worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society for 12 years leveraging on-the-ground science efforts to protect wildlife from oil development and climate change impacts in Arctic Alaska. Joe received his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University. Joe has lived in the northwest for nearly 20 years and in Portland since 2005. In his free time Joe enjoys family time with his wife, two daughters, and pets. Joe enjoys playing and listening to music, exploring natural areas, and of course, bird watching!