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General Membership Meeting with Maria Ruth
January 22 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Maria Ruth: Rare Bird: Pursuing the Mystery of the Marbled Murrelet
What happens when you encounter a strange new bird? If that bird is the enigmatic marbled murrelet, you might take note. If you are writer Maria Mudd Ruth, you start taking notes and then suddenly find yourself on a years-long journey in the Pacific Northwest to unravel the story of this endangered seabird and the contested old-growth forests where it nests. You ask a lot of questions of murrelet researchers, field biologists, forest ecologists, timber company executives, and yourself: Why does this bird matter? Why should anyone care about the murrelet? Do we have a moral obli- gation to save this bird or any other endangered species? Can we all move to the front line to protect earth’s beauty and biodiversity?
In this slide-illustrated talk, Maria will discuss the natural history of the murrelet, current con- servation efforts in Washington, and the important murrelet advocacy work of the Audubon com- munity in the Pacific Northwest.