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Nature Night: Conserving Coastal Birds


Coastal birds live on the edge – at the interface between land and sea, the place where these birds call home is wild, unpredictable, and unforgiving, but for some birds, it’s just another day at the beach. In this talk, Allison Anholt will share fascinating information about our coastal birds, from the rare coastal residents like Tufted Puffin and Snowy Plover, to the seabirds that nest in giant groups all along our coast (yes, including everyone’s favorite: gulls). We will also learn about the challenges these birds face, the scientists and communities that are rising to the challenge, and the fascinating insights we’ve gained through this work that will help conserve these birds in a constantly-changing landscape.

Common Murres flying at the coast
Common Murres, photo by LDELD/flickr

About Allison

Allison is the Coastal Birds Lead Biologist for Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. She also served as the Coastal Community Science Biologist for Bird Alliance of Oregon for three years, where she managed community science monitoring projects for coastal birds on Oregon’s North Coast, including Western Snowy Plovers, Black Oystercatchers, and local seabirds. Before her return to the Pacific Northwest, Allison worked at the intersection of coastal wildlife conservation and community science in the Aleutian Islands, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Florida Everglades, and some of the busiest beaches in the country in Cape May, New Jersey. She holds an M.S. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University, a B.S. in Law and Policy from The College of New Jersey, and is currently finishing her Ph.D. working with First Nations fisheries on issues of seabird bycatch in Arctic Canada.

Allison Anholt


April 9
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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