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  Wildlife and Nature: Marbled Murrelet - British Columbia.com
No one is sure exactly where most Marbled Murrelets nest; however, thousand of birds spend the summer on the coast, many adults have been seen carrying food inland at this time, and 14 nestlings have been found in forests and on land far from the sea.
Adult murrelets are believed to live as long as 25 years because there are few natural threats in their environment.
Fortunately, gillnetting is the only form of fishing that interferes with the murrelets, and it is not used extensively in the important breeding areas at the heads of inlets.
britishcolumbia.com /Wildlife/wildlife/birds/cw/cw_marbledmurrelet.html   (2115 words)

  
 Laskeek Bay Conservation Society - Field Season Summary - 2001
Ancient Murrelet breeding was disturbed with 41 burrows excavated throughout the island by an unidentified predator, likely a raccoon.We installed 100 wooden Ancient Murrelet nest boxes and 10 boxes for Pigeon Guillemots.
Ancient Murrelets are found in the Hecate Strait and other waters off Haida Gwaii from February to September, and in other parts of BC from August to March.
Ancient Murrelets adults were counted as they gathered on the water on the western side of Low Island.
www.laskeekbay.org /index.php?contentid=74   (5986 words)

  
 Ancient Murrelet
Ancient murrelet is the smallest seabird belonging to the family of ancient murrelet, which includes common murre, rhinoceros auklet and spectacled guillemot.
A survey on the number of ancient murrelet living on the Teuri Island and the Yagishiri Island are necessary.
During the winter, many types of ancient murrelet arrive in the areas around the Teuri Island and the Yagishiri Island to spend the season.
www.teuri.jp /E_umisuzume.htm   (322 words)

  
 Why worry about the marbled murrelet?
The status of marbled murrelets in BC was upgraded from blue to red this fall by the BC Government.
Marbled murrelets are creatures born into the place where ancient forests shoulder their way down the edges of continents and meet up with the Pacific Ocean.
And, once scientists had discovered that marbled murrelets required old growth forest for their survival, it became clear that the species was already in big trouble as logging activities have decimated, and continue to destroy, critical habitat.
www.spruceroots.org /Murrelet.html   (1830 words)

  
 EPIC Mounts Last Ditch Effort to Save Marbled Murrelet from Extinction in California
Murrelets are small, secretive birds that gather fish in the ocean, and nest in the canopy of ancient trees within 50 miles of the coast.
If murrelet populations are currently declining with current amounts of habitat, then the likelihood of it continuing to decline with less habitat is a given…[The HCP] will appreciably reduce the likelihood of recovery of the species in the short term and therefore will not provide for its survival…in the long term" (Kim Nelson, 1998).
The Marbled Murrelet is a biological wonder that brings the spirits of the ocean and the ancient redwoods together in California.
www.wildcalifornia.org /publications/article-36   (1070 words)

  
 All About Birds
Widespread throughout the north Pacific, the Ancient Murrelet nests colonially in burrows or rock crevices.
Within a few days of hatching, Ancient Murrelet chicks emerge from their burrows by night and follow their parents to sea.
Ancient Murrelet parents do not feed their chicks until they have emerged from their burrows and reached the sea.
www.birds.cornell.edu /AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Ancient_Murrelet_dtl.html   (342 words)

  
 Ancient Murrelet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Ancient Murrelet, Synthliboramphus antiquus, is a bird in the auk family.
Ancient Murrelets move south in winter as far as California, and odd birds are found inland in the USA, carried by autumn storms.
The most remarkable record of this relatively short-distance Pacific migrant was a bird found on Lundy, Devon in spring 1990.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ancient_Murrelet   (353 words)

  
 The Short Childhood of Ancient Murrelets, Alaska Science Forum
Members of the auk family--the Northern Hemisphere's answer to the penguin clan--ancient murrelets are found all along North Pacific shores, from China and Korea through the Aleutians, southcentral and southeastern Alaska, and British Columbia.
One oddity is that the ten thousand murrelets living on the island are virtually invisible by day; the place seems uninhabited.
Ancient murrelets have evolved a system of taking their young to the food, rather than making frequent trips from food to nest as other seabirds do.
www.gi.alaska.edu /ScienceForum/ASF9/959.html   (768 words)

  
 birding facts Birding Resources by the Fat Birder
The Kittlitz`s murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris is a small diving seabird in the Alcid (Auk) family which breeds only in certain sections of coastal Alaska and to a limited extent in the Russian Far East...
The Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus); sometimes called a Fog Lark, is a small robin-size sea bird that nests in dense old-growth forest, usually within 20 miles of the ocean.
Murrelets probably began nesting in trees 15 million years ago, when the West Coast was forested with enormous Metasequoia (dawn redwood)...
www.fatbirder.com /species_and_families/non_passerines/alcidae.html   (1724 words)

  
 The Ancient Murrelet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Haida Gwaii (the Queen Charlotte Islands) is celebrated primarily for its magnificent forests of cedar, spruce and hemlock, matched by the soaring, ornately-carved poles of the native Haida.
There is a strong chance that the Ancient Murrelet population will recover, because colonies not affected by rats or raccoons appear to have increased over the past decade, so conditions appear favourable.
Research on the population biology of the Ancient Murrelet is continuing at East Limestone Island, where, for the past 9 years, the Laskeek Bay Conservation Society has continued banding and other studies initiated in the area by the Canadian Wildlife Service in 1984.
www.naturalists.bc.ca /fbcn_bn/1998/bn9811-2.htm   (904 words)

  
 Atxam Sangis - Atkan Birds by Moses Dirks
During the summers, the ancient murrelets nest on islets in burrows they build for that purpose.
In the past, the murrelets and eggs were gathered by hand just by grabbing them while they were nesting in their burrows.
During the summers, the ancient murrelets are plentiful, and when fall comes, they head back to where they came from.
www.ankn.uaf.edu /ANCR/Aleut/AtkanBirds/qizangix.html   (243 words)

  
 Marbled Murrelet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The threatened marbled murrelet is a small seabird which flies inland to nest on the mossy limbs of old-growth trees.
Pacific Lumber's ancient redwood groves in Humboldt County are one of three remaining nesting areas in California.
Prior to the arrival of Europeans and the beginning of the aggressive logging of California’s ancient forests, the North Coast was covered with a blanket of contiguous ancient redwoods from Big Sur to the Or...
www.wildcalifornia.org /pages/page-32   (452 words)

  
 Hinterland Who's Who - Marbled Murrelet
The Marbled Murrelet nests on the mainland in almost total obscurity, although people who fish and boat along the British Columbia coast during spring and summer (when the birds are nesting) often see Marbled Murrelets out on the water.
(Nesting murrelets have used hemlock in the state of Washington and larch in the Okhotsk region of Russia.) In treeless parts of Alaska, nests have been reported from the open tundra and at the top of a scree slope (a slope covered in loose stones).
Fortunately, gill netting is the only form of fishing that interferes with the murrelets, and it is not used extensively in the important breeding areas at the heads of inlets.
www.hww.ca /hww2.asp?cid=7&id=55   (2227 words)

  
 Photo Quiz 1   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
He describes a "pale crescent behind the wing." It would be more obvious if he showed the bird as it is usually seen--flying directly away as is our photo bird.
The rump patches can be obvious, and might help you to differentiate these birds from Ancient Murrelets flying away.
Murrelets fly twice as fast--often leaping into the air and quickly attaining speeds of 60 miles per hour.
thebirdguide.com /pelagics/photo_quiz_001.htm   (584 words)

  
 Untitled Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Although the ancient murrelet is a marine species, there have been reported sightings as far inland as eastern Ontario and Ohio.
The ancient murrelet is common along the Alaskan and British Columbian coastlines.
While offshore, the ancient murrelet eats small shrimp-like crustaceans, but during the breeding season, it feeds mostly on fish such as sand lances and sea perch.
www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca /birds/speciesacc/Pacific/Pac_Birds/Alcidae/Ancmurr/S_antiquus.htm   (284 words)

  
 Denny Granstrand's Digiscoped Photos All photos copyright Denny Granstrand :: New Photos - updated Nov. 30, 2006
E-mails about this Ancient Murrelet's journey can be read in the e-mail archives at the BirdYak website: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/birdyak/.
Ancient Murrelet that was found by Eddie Rose in his yard on the west side of Yakima, WA, as it was pushing itself across the snow, penguin-style, after having been blown across the Cascades by the storm on November 26, 2006.
This is the third sighting for of Ancient Murrelet in Yakima County, the second being Nov. 20, 1951, in an irrigation ditch near Mabton.
www.granstrand.net /gallery/new   (492 words)

  
 Ecosystem Information
Approximately 500,000 Ancient Murrelets presently nest on 31 islands in Haida Gwaii, representing almost all of the BC population and about half of the species' world population.
In Haida Gwaii the main factor influencing Ancient Murrelet populations appears to be introduced mammals.
Throughout coastal BC, it is speculated that populations of Marbled Murrelets are declining due to the removal and fragmentation of old-growth forest, bycatch in gill net fisheries, recreational usage of the marine habitat, urban development and oil spills.
www.ecoinfo.ec.gc.ca /env_ind/region/seabird/seabird_e.cfm   (2474 words)

  
 Auk - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Although not to the extent of penguins, auks have to a large extent sacrificed flight, and also mobility on land, in exchange for swimming; their wings are a compromise between the best possible design for diving and the bare minimum needed for flying.
This varies by subfamily, the Uria guillemots (including the Razorbill) and murrelets being the most efficient under the water, whereas the puffins and auklets are better adapted for flying and walking.
The three Brachyramphus species, the Marbled, Long-billed and Kittlitz's Murrelets are solitary nesters, choosing old growth forest or tundra in the case of the first two species and high mountains for Kittlitz's.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Auk   (1425 words)

  
 Friends of Caren Oldgrowth Forest And Marbled Murrelet Home Page
Chief among these creatures are the Marbled Murrelets, Mew Gulls, Ospreys, Bald Eagles, Barrow's Goldeneyes and the River Otters, all familiar creatures of the Caren Range proposed park area.
The Marbled Murrelet and cavity nesters such as the Barrows Goldeneye, Vaux Swift and the Red Breasted Nuthatch are among some of the birds which are dependent on this forest.
A large colony of the threatened marine alcid, the Marbled Murrelet, is nesting in the old growth forests of the Caren Range and dependent on the coastal waters surrounding it.
www.user.dccnet.com /welcomewoods/Friends_of_Caren   (3007 words)

  
 Seabird Osteology Skulls Alcidae Small Auks   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Kittlitz's Murrelet Brachyramphus brevirostris, Aleutians, Alaska and Bering Strait, dispersing to Washington and Kurile Is.
The Ancient and the Japanese are rather similar birds but the Ancient has a white bill with a fl base, the Crested an all white bill.
Ancient Murrelet Synthliboramphus antiquum, breeding Alaska and north-east Asian coast, wintering to California.
www.shearwater.nl /seabird-osteology/alcidae_small_auks.htm   (486 words)

  
 Xantus's Murrelet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Xantus's Murrelet is a small fl and white auk with a small head and thin sharp bill.
It resembles the closely related Craveri's Murrelet, with which it shares the distinction of being the most southerly living of all the auk species.
Like other murrelets of the genus Synthliboramphus (like the Ancient Murrelet) the chicks are highly precocial, leaving the nest within two days of hatching and running actively towards the sea, where the parents call to them.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Xantus's_Murrelet   (549 words)

  
 Queen Charlotte Islands, Adventure Travel Trip Log
It is a 25 year study in its 10th year that is hoping to provide long term data on the ancient Murrelet and on what factors affect their nesting habits and success ratios, as well as their population growths of declines.
We visited their research camp, we visited ancient Murrelet burrows and we talked about the island's ecology.
After they had been weighed and banded with a small metal leg band (for id purposes), we were then to take the chicks down to the beach and release them downhill so that they could join up with their parents in the water.
www.coppersky.bc.ca /adventure-tour-trip-log-p2.html   (947 words)

  
 Monterey Bay pelagic birds 3
Xantus's Murrelet Synthliboramphus hypoleucus scrippsi ['Scripp's Murrelet'] is a regular visitor in late summer and fall.
Ancient Murrelet is a winter visitor, in varying numbers from year to year, but it is often difficult to get close to these skittish alcids.
At close range the short yellow bill of Ancient Murrelet is apparent, but more typically one sees only gray backs, fl caps, and white underparts at a distance.
montereybay.com /creagrus/MtyBaybirds4.html   (669 words)

  
 Ancient Murrelet - Whatbird.com
Ancient Murrelet: Small, pelagic seabird (alcid) with fl head and dark gray back and wings.
Ancient Murrelet: Breeds on offshore islets of north Pacific and mainland shores south to central British Columbia.
● Breeding and nesting: Ancient Murrelet: Two large, pale blue eggs are laid in a nest made of dried grass in a burrow or fallen log from late April to mid-May. Incubation ranges from 33 to 36 days and is carried out by both parents.
www.percevia.com /explorer/db/birds_of_north_america_western/obj/253/target.aspx   (609 words)

  
 Ancient Murrelet Behavior - duncraft.com (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab1.tamu.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ancient Murrelet: Two large, pale blue eggs are laid in a nest made of dried grass in a burrow or fallen log from late April to mid-May. Incubation ranges from 33 to 36 days and is carried out by both parents.
Ancient Murrelet: Diet consists of small fish, crustaceans, and mollusks; forages by diving from the surface.
Ancient Murrelet: Marbled Murrelet has dark bill and white patch on flanks.
duncraft.whatbird.com.cob-web.org:8888 /obj/253/Behavior/target.aspx   (644 words)

  
 WaveLength Magazine - August/September 1995 Issue
The cheep-cheep call to their parents, and the tinkle-tinkle of their stainless steel band on the rocks assures us that they are on their way again soon to be reunited with their parents.
These seemingly drunken pilots who enter their dark ancient forest each spring and produce their agile, tenacious young, continue to inspire and excite all who visit their colony.
And with this fascination, it therefore seems appropriate to record their biology and ecology as it exists now, so that a firm baseline is available against which future investigators can measure the effects of change, whether it be fisheries, oil developments, tourism, pollution or the increase in global temperatures.
www.wavelengthmagazine.com /1995/aug95murre.php   (821 words)

  
 Analysis of the Ohio Long-billed Marbled Murrelet
First Record of the Marbled Murrelet and Third Record of the Ancient Murrelet for Mexico.
Long-distance vagrancy of the Asiatic Marbled Murrelet in North America, 1979-1989.
In summary, the pattern of dark brown and white on the face, neck and scapulars enabled the identification of the Cornwall bird as a basic-plumaged Marbled Murrelet.
www.aves.net /rarities/murrelet.htm   (1180 words)

  
 Marbled Murrelet - Whatbird.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Marbled Murrelet: Small, chubby seabird (alcid) with dark brown mottled upperparts and paler, white-tipped brown feathers on underparts.
Marbled Murrelet: Breeds from the Aleutians Islands south to central California.
● Breeding and nesting: Marbled Murrelet: One olive-brown or yellow egg, spotted with brown, fl, and lavender, is laid on a platform of moss built high in a forest tree.
identify.whatbird.com /obj/260/_/Marbled_Murrelet.aspx   (643 words)

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