Seabirds in Human-Dominated Landscapes - Peter Hodum
Join the South Sound Chapter of Surfrider Foundation for Seabirds in Human-Dominated Landscapes. We are pleased to announce that Peter Hodum will be our guest speaker. Peter is the Professor of Biology and Director of Environmental Policy & Decision Making at University of Puget Sound. We will be meeting on the beautiful University of Puget Sound campus in the Murray Board Room in Room 108, located on the Wheelock Student Center's main floor. Once you are inside the Wheelock Student Center, look for signs directing you to the Murray Board Room. Free visitor parking is available in the parking lot next to Wheelock Student Center on the south side, as well as other areas nearby.
Peter's research is in the areas of avian ecology and conservation biology. He is particularly interested in conservation-based research, including the impacts of anthropogenic threats such as marine plastic debris, habitat alteration and loss, introduced species, and fisheries interactions on bird populations and island ecosystems.
Although Washington is blessed with a rich community of breeding and wintering seabirds, relatively little is known about the ecology and conservation status of many of the species, particularly the burrow-nesters. This relative lack of knowledge extends to iconic species such as the Tufted Puffin, a species recently listed as Endangered by Washington State.
Seabirds face a number of threats both on land and at sea. Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus; MAMU), listed as Endangered in Washington, are impacted by breeding habitat loss and multiple at-sea threats. MAMUs are important upper-trophic level predators of forage fish and zooplankton in coastal ecosystems from California to Alaska, including the Salish Sea.
Moving between islands, seascapes, and species of the Outer Coast, Peter will share stories about the Endangered Marbled Murrelet that has surprisingly been discovered at several South Sound locations, and they consistently forage until late July around Browns Point Lighthouse. Peter will also give us an update on recent Tufted Puffin findings on Protection and Smith Islands.
Join us for this special presentation! This is a free family-friendly event open to the public.
Please RSVP here: https://x.gldn.io/e/
Wheelock Student Center, Murray Board Room