Aside from the monitoring efforts at Yaquina Head, I am also assisting with the prey photos. I began taking pictures of the Common Murres at Colony and Flat Top Rock this week, to help identify their prey along the Oregon Coast. Little is known about their foraging diets, so the images I take will also be used to assess the variability within their food sources. A higher variability would suggest that murres have an array of food sources available and don’t necessarily depend on one type of fish or invertebrate, while less variability would suggest otherwise. After taking the photos, I go to the Seabird Oceanography Lab to organize the high quality images for further review. This week I learned that photography is not just a recreational activity, but also a worthy tool used in the scientific world. What better way to record data than by taking a photo.

 

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