May
15
6:30 pm18:30

Save The Olympic Peninsula (STOP)

A Marbled Murrelet on the wing. This robin-sized seabird can fly up to 103 m.p.h but may not be able to escape the impacts of the U.S. Navy's proposed Northwest Training and Testing program planned for the Olympic Peninsula.

A Marbled Murrelet on the wing. This robin-sized seabird can fly up to 103 m.p.h but may not be able to escape the impacts of the U.S. Navy's proposed Northwest Training and Testing program planned for the Olympic Peninsula.

Learn how the future of the Olympic Peninsula is tied to the fate of the Marbled Murrelet. The Save the Olympic Peninsula is a non-profit organization spearheading a campaign to responsibly address the impacts of the U.S. Navy's proposed Electronic Warfare Range on the Olympic Peninsula. The Navy estimates the loss of 112 Marbled Murrelets over the next 20 years from the impact of "Growler" jet flights and other military exercises. Why should we care about 112 small, secretive seabirds that nest in the mature coastal forests of the Olympic Peninsula? Why does protecting the endangered Marbled Murrelet ultimately help protect humans, other wildlife, and the wilderness soundscape?

Maria will be introducing the audience to this fascinating seabird--its unusual life history, the tale of the 185-long search for its nest, why saving it matters, and where you can go to see them in your neighborhood. Q&A and sales and signing of Rare Bird will follow presentation. 

Monday, May 15
6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Port Angeles Library
2210 S. Peabody St., Port Angeles

A U.S. Navy "Growler" aircraft, capable of exposing ears of all species to sound levels of 160 decibels. Human hearing loss can occur with repeated exposure to sounds over 85 decibels

A U.S. Navy "Growler" aircraft, capable of exposing ears of all species to sound levels of 160 decibels. Human hearing loss can occur with repeated exposure to sounds over 85 decibels

Mar
15
7:00 pm19:00

Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society Talk

Please join me at the Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society's March program meeting. I'll be talking about the Marbled Murrelet and Rare Bird in the heart of murrelet country. The Straits of Juan de Fuca, off the north Olympic Peninsula is reputedly one of the best places to view them in the lower 48 states.  

The program is held at the Dungeness River Audubon Center, 2151 W. Hendrickson Rd. in Sequin. The program is free and open to the public. After my presentation, I'll have a short Q&A, then offer copies of the 2013 re-issue of Rare Bird (Mountaineers Books) for sale and signing. I will happily sign copies of the 2005 edition as well!

For more information, visit the Olympic Audubon Society.

 

Apr
16
9:00 am09:00

Burke Museum Environmental Writer's Workshop

How do you start writing about something you know nothing about? Find out April 16th

How do you start writing about something you know nothing about? Find out April 16th

Join authors Knute Berger, Michelle Nijhuis, and me as we lead classroom and field-based sessions. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. We will share stories and tips from our work weaving together history, science, and field time into ouru writing on the natural and cultural world. Class space is limited. Scholarships available wtih valude student ID. Lunch provided.

For more information and to register, click here. 

Mar
8
7:00 pm19:00

Skagit Audubon Presentation

Photo by Glenn Bartley of a Marbled Murrelet in summer breeding plumage.. Used with permission.

Photo by Glenn Bartley of a Marbled Murrelet in summer breeding plumage.. Used with permission.

Learn about the life history, 185-year-long nest search, and conservation challenges of this endearing seabird of the Pacific Northwest Coast. Copies of Rare BIrd will be available for purchase and signing by author.

Social 7:00 pm, program at 7:30 at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center (Google map), 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd. Mount Vernon. Meetings are open to all.

Mar
12
7:00 pm19:00

Marbled Murrelet Presentation--Vashon Island

  • Vashon Island Land Trust

"The Marbled Murrelet: Saving It's Endangered Nesting Site." The Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society and the Vashon Island Land Trust are co-hosting this event on the marbled murrelet and the endangered species act. Paul Kampmeier of the Washington Forest Law Center and I will be co-presenting.

Mar
12
2:30 pm14:30

Marbled Murrelet Presentation

  • Panorama

Please join me at the Panorama City auditorium for this free slide-show presentation to Panorama City residents, guests, and members of the public. Doors open at 2 p.m.

 

Oct
9
7:00 pm19:00

Kitsap Audubon Society--Poulsbo, WA

Marbled Murrelet presentation and book signing at the Poulsbo Public Library, 700 NE Lincoln Rd. Meetings are open to the public. There is free parking behind the Library. Enter from the rear.

Oct
1
7:00 pm19:00

Olympia Mountaineers--Olympia, WA

It's thanks to the Olympia Mountaineers (specifically their librarian) that Rare Bird was reissued in paperback in August 2013 by Mountaineers Books in Seattle. This program on the marbled murrelet will focus on the challenges biologists face in challenging terrain as they pursue this secretive bird. Book sales and signing to follow the presentation.

Friends Meeting House at Priest Point, 3201 Boston Harbor Road. (From I-5, Plum Street, head north, left side, next to Priest Point Park)

6:00 PM Potluck & Socializing hour, Bring a dish to share, your own plate and flatware. No paper tossing at our potlucks!
Need more info? Call the coordinator, Carolyn Burreson, 360-705-2055.

Aug
1
Aug 3

Wings Over the Basin--near Santa Cruz, California

This is a fantastic weekend event at Big Basin Redwood State Park in California's Santa Cruz Mountains. August 7 marks the 40th anniversary of the discovery of the first marbled murrelet nest in this very park! The weekend features murrelet talks, a predawn murrelet walk, campfire program, and other events with biologists, docents, and Steve and Stephanie Singer who have been studying murrelets since the 1970s and discovered many nests in the park. This weekend is about murrelets, owls, thrushes, jays, butterflies, and more! Click here for more information. (Note: I am unable to attend this event...but hope you can!)

Jul
26
11:00 am11:00

Marbled Murrelets--Cape Perpetua

As part of the Siuslaw National Forest's 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, I'll be talking about marbled murrelets and how this wild seabird benefits from protected forests and marine waters in and around Cape Perpetua.  Come learn about this fascinating secretive bird you can hear and see in the Siuslaw! Q& A following slide presentation.  Copies of Rare Bird will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information click here.

Jun
5
7:00 pm19:00

RESCHEDULED! Audubon Society of Portland--Portland, OR

  • Audubon Society of Portland

The Marbled Murrelet: Recovering a Rare Bird. A double-header Nature Night presentation with Maria Ruth and the dynamic Paul Engelmeyer, sanctuary manager of the Ten-Mile Creek Sanctuary on Oregon's central coast. For a lovely write up click here. Book sales and signing to follow.

May
12
6:00 pm18:00

Timberland Library--Tumwater, WA

Presentation on the Marbled Murrelet and conservation issues. Q&A, sales and signing of Rare Bird following. For more information click here. This is my last Olympia-area presentation until October 1!

Birds and Buffers--Nisqually Land Trust
May
4
10:00 am10:00

Birds and Buffers--Nisqually Land Trust

A presentation on the marbled murrelet and the importance of forest buffers followed by moderate to strenuous nature walk (1.5 mile loop) through forest stands on Nisqually Land Trust and Forest Service land that buffers the Washington DNR 'Ashford 80' Natural Resources Conservation Area. Bring a lunch along for after the walk.

 Space is limited to 20 people - RSVP is required. To register call the Nisqually Land Trust office at 360-489-3400 or email staff@nisquallylandtrust.org.

 

Apr
16
7:30 pm19:30

Timberland Regional Library--Olympia, WA

  • Olympia Timberland Library

 

Marbled Murrelet presentation and Rare Bird book signing. In conjunction with the annual, fabulous, unique Procession of the Species in downtown Olympia, I'll be talking about my favorite species, Brachyramphus marmoratus, aka the marbled murrelet, fog lark, Enigma of the Pacific, buzz bomb, baked potato with a beak, little hell diver, Australian hummingbird and its procession into my life.

This talk is part of a 4-speaker series. Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of The Urban Bestiary is speaking April 9th, Greg Falxa is speaking about bats on April 23, and Arlo Pelegrin on moths and butterflies on April 30th. 

Western Ornithological Society--Seattle
Apr
7
7:00 pm19:00

Western Ornithological Society--Seattle

  • Urban Horticulture Center

Marbled Murrelets: Discovery and Recovery of a Rare Bird
Learn about this unique Pacific Northwest seabird, why it took 185 years to find its nest and unravel the mysteries of its breeding behavior, and why the conservation of this federally threatened species is so challenging.  Rare Bird book signing to follow. This event will be held at the Urban Horticulture Center just off the University of Washington campus, on Mary Gates Boulevard, next to the Montlake Fill. Social time begins at 7, the program at 7:30. Click here for a map.

Mar
13
Mar 20

Writing Workshops for Students

Through the Capitol Region Educational Service District 113, I am offering three writing workshops for students in Highly Capable program at three locations These half-day workshops are not open to the public, but I will be posting material and ideas from the workshops here in late March.

March 13: Olympic E.S, Chehalis

March 19: Aberdeen E.S., Aberdeen

March 20: Hoquiam and Raymond E.S, Aberdeen

Mar
11
7:00 pm19:00

Capitol Land Trust/REI--Adventure & Conservation FULL!

  • REI

Marbled Murrelet presentation and book signing as part of Adventure & Conservation Speaker Series sponsored by Capitol Land Trust and REI. This event is currently full. Click here to get on the wait list. Check my events calendar for additional presentations in Olympia.

Marbled Murrelet Talk--University of Puget Sound Trimble Hall
Nov
22
5:30 pm17:30

Marbled Murrelet Talk--University of Puget Sound Trimble Hall

  • Tremble Hall

Presentation on the Marbled Murrelet at Trimble Hall co-hosted by the Sound Policy Institute at the University of Puget Sound and the Sierra Club. (Dowload a flier in pdf here).

The University's Slater Museum of Natural History is featured in Rare Bird .  A murrelet egg (in 9 pieces!) from the museum's collection played a big part in determining who really solved the mystery of the marbled murrelet.

Download a campus map here .