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Orcas Island Marine Science Lecture Series Presents
Seabird Ecology and Conservation

March 2, 2007

March 2, 2007 

On Tuesday, March 13, 2007, at 7:00 p.m., Julia Parrish of the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences will discuss seabird ecology and conservation at Camp Orkila.

Common MurreAs an associate professor at the University of Washington, Parrish and her lab study the forces affecting seabird population dynamics in the Pacific Northwest: from murres to terns, from the marine environment to freshwater, from pristine outer coast islands to highly modified urban settings. Parrish works to understand the balance of top-down, bottom-up (e.g., climate change and physical oceanographic forcing), and anthropogenic factors which lead populations to decline, OR to increase. After wrestling with each system, she also pursues conservation solutions, where appropriate. She works in active fisheries on seabird bycatch issues, on seabird-salmon interactions, and on species affected by oil spills. Finally, she is executive director of a highly effective citizen science program designed to collect information about beached birds.

"Seabird populations in the Puget Sound/Northwest Straits/Georgia Basin ecosystem are challenged by increasing pressure," says Anne Stoltz of the SeaDoc Society. "The region is fortunate to have Julia and her team focused on workable solutions to environmental problems in the marine systems of the Northwest."

This is the fifth lecture of the 2006/07 season in Orcas Island’s marine science lecture series designed for the general public. The program begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Camp Orkila Marine Salmon Science Center (484 Camp Orkila Road) and is free. Please park in the upper parking lot at Camp Orkila. Shuttle service from the parking lot to the Marine-Salmon Center is available before and after each lecture.

The 2006-2007 Marine Science Lecture Series is presented by program partners the SeaDoc Society ( ) and YMCA Camp Orkila (

The next lecture date is April 10, 2007 (Minke Whales). Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m..

The series is generously sponsored by Barbara Brown, Rick and Cindy Gould, David and Virginia Ridgway, and Jim and Kathy Youngren.

Contact: Anne Stoltz, The SeaDoc Society
(206) 281-9987 Mobile (206) 406-9448