Cormorant Nests, Gale Winds & Cake

There are two different cormorant species at Yaquina Head. The Brandt's (most common) and the Pelagic. Unlike common murres, cormorants build actual nests on rocky islands and cliff sides. Pelagics prefer cliff sides and usually have much less nesting material making up their nests. Currently,...

Murreder, She Wrote

This week, I began helping with common murre surveys. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't the best, so I often went home pretty wet and cold. Luckily, we use Rite in the Rain materials so we are very prepared to take note of disturbances and any eggs...

It Pays to be GULLible

This past week, I had the amazing opportunity to participate in Western Gull captures. This was my first time handling wild animals and let me tell you, it was quite the adventure! We  had a small crew of four consisting of my supervisor Stephanie, my boss...

A Tiny Blue Star

This week, I continued helping with research at the Sea Bird Oceanography Lab. We monitored for murres once at night and then once in the early morning. Unfortunately, the murres have yet to start nesting in the usual sites, but it is possible they are...

Everything and Murre

This past Tuesday, I started working with Oregon State University at the Seabird Oceanography Lab! The research that I'm helping with focuses on monitoring Common Murres. Common Murres are seabirds that nest off of Yaquina Head, and in past years they have had poor nesting...

International Migratory Bird Day!

The day finally arrived! International Migratory Bird Day! It was a cloudy, rainy day, but luckily most of our activities were indoors. We had quite a few activities ready to go for the day. These were: Make your own Bird Mask Coloring Extravaganza Bird Bingo ...

That Thing is Alive?!

There once was a chiton named "Gumboot" He was fuzzy, bright red and large And although he was slow, All the critters did know, He was truly the mollusk in charge This week I had quite few questions about gumboot chitons. Most visitors think that they are red rocks when...

The Fastest Animal on Land!

This week was yet again busy with school groups! Let's just say, the park was not short of curious kiddos and their parents. We also celebrated volunteer week! There were goodies all week long, from brownies to cookies and EVERYTHING in between. My sweet tooth...