“Wreck” of Common Murres

279-Common Murre

On Wednesday, May 22 of this year, hundreds of dead seabirds suddenly appeared on Mendocino County beaches. What happened? We’ll ask Dr. Julia Parrish, founder and Executive Director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, and Sarah Grimes of the Noyo Center for Marine Science.  They will talk about the mortality event, what might have caused it, why it’s important to count dead seabirds on the beach – and how you can help.

COASST Fact Sheet – Common Murre Mortality Event, May 2019 – Excerpts:


Upwelling Index:


A closer look at upwelling in May:


And a look at Sea Surface Temperatures:

052019 sst

Wave heights – showing the effect of the winter-type storms of mid- to late May:

COMU2019_COASST v1 wave height

More resources and places to volunteer!

COASST – Count dead birds on the beach!

Noyo Center for Marine Science

Beach Watch (south of Mendocino)


About Tim

Host for Oak and Thorn on the first and third Sundays of every month, and The Ecology Hour on the fourth Tuesday of every month. Oak & Thorn aims to present the widest possible spectrum of Celtic music, from traditional to contemporary styles, along with information about history and culture. The Ecology Hour- Science Edition (co-hosted with Bob Spies) presents recent scientific findings about the natural world and our place in it. My other interests include brewing, gardening, birding, cooking, woodworking, and history. I live on Middle Ridge in Albion, California, among wonderful neighbors.
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