Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Marbled Murrelet: An Endangered Species on the Brink

These robin-sized seabirds only nest in oldgrowth forests throughout their range in California, Oregon and Washington. They will nest up to fifty miles inland according to wildlife agencies. They need a dense oldgrowth canopy for protection from predators like owls and ravens. They also need large mossy branches where they lay a single egg. During nesting season the parents take turns flying to the ocean and bringing back food for the chick. Their feet are webbed and cannot grasp the branches, they require a big branch where they can land and come to a skidding halt.When the chick makes its first flight, it must reach a watercourse that can carry it to the ocean or it will die. The Marbled Murrelets are listed as threatened by the federal govt. and listed as endangered by the state of California. Logging of their ancient habitat continues.


At 1/03/2013 02:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Marbled murrelet chicks fly directly to the ocean when they fledge. They do not, as your post states, find a watercourse that can carry them to the ocean, which implies they could float down a river to the sea. This is incorrect.

Maria Ruth, author
Rare Bird: Pursing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet


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