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  • Charlene McAllister
    Mendocino Coast Audubon Society Event Date: Monday, February 15th 7 pm Location: Fort Bragg Town Hall Mendocino Audubon Program: Counting Cormorants: The
    Message 1 of 3 , Feb 12, 2010
      Mendocino Coast Audubon Society

      Event Date: Monday, February 15th 7 pm

      Location: Fort Bragg Town Hall



      Mendocino Audubon Program: Counting Cormorants: The Benefits of Citizen
      Science



      In 2007 The Sea Ranch Task Force, in cooperation with the Bureau of Land
      Management and the Madrone Audubon Society, began monitoring a nesting
      colony of approximately 100 nests of Brandt's Cormorant and other seabird
      species on Gualala Point Island in northern Sonoma County. This was in
      response to a local fireworks display that had adversely affected
      reproductive success the year before. In 2008 they expanded this effort to
      include aerial photographic monitoring of a second island with approximately
      250 nests in southern Mendocino County.



      In 2009, volunteers from Mendocino Audubon Society extended the monitoring
      to a third Brandt's Cormorant Colony of about 400 nests off the Mendocino
      Headlands and two Pelagic Cormorant colonies, one on Point Cabrillo and one
      at the entrance to the Noyo Harbor each with about 20 nests. This
      monitoring, performed primarily by local volunteers and using high
      resolution photography illustrates the value and cost effectiveness of
      citizen science efforts.



      Ron LeValley, local biologist and photographer will talk about this project
      and how it has provided valuable data on the reproductive success of these
      cormorants and how this information aids in our understanding of ocean
      conditions as they relate to seabird nesting off our shores. Join Audubon
      members on Monday, February 15th at 7 pm at Fort Bragg Town Hall. The
      meeting is open to the public at no charge, but a donation to offset the
      cost of presenting programs is always welcomed.



      For more information call 937-4463 or got to www.mendocinocoastaudubon.org.



      Audubon programs are open and free to the public, though a small donation to
      offset costs is always appreciated. Membership in your local Audubon
      Society helps present programs like this and conduct educational activities
      with our schools.









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