FIELD TRIP: Saturday, August 16, 2008
Seabirds and Marine Mammals of Oregon!

The Bird Guide, an independent bird tour operator,  has organized a special trip for conference attendees.  Separate, advanced registration is required with The Bird Guide at .

Travel with by boat up to 20 miles offshore, enjoying and photographing seabirds and marine mammals. Seabird guides will point out birds and explain their identification and natural history.

Greg Gillson describes his tour "This half-day trip starts in Yaquina Bay with Brandt's and Pelagic Cormorants, Pigeon Guillemots, California Sea Lions, and Harbor Seals. We'll motor along shore toward the Yaquina Head seabird colony watching for Brown Pelicans, Heermann's Gulls, and endangered Marbled Murrelets among the numerous Common Murres. We'll look here for Harbor Porpoises and Gray Whales. As we move offshore we should spot Sooty and Pink-footed Shearwaters, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Red-necked Phalarope. Finally, as we reach about 20 miles offshore we will search for the tiny Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels and perhaps catch a glimpse of the huge Black-footed Albatrosses. If we're lucky, we may have Dall's Porpoises ride our bow waves and, if seas are calm, we might spot Blue Sharks and the very odd Ocean Sunfishes. Other seabirds and marine mammals are possible".

This field trip was specially designed for you by The Bird Guide, Inc., which has been leading birders offshore to spot seabirds for 15 years. The trip is $95 per person. 6:00 am to noon. Meet on the pier outside of Newport Tradewinds on Newport's historic bayfront at 5:30 am for sign-in and orientation.


Greg Gillson
The Bird Guide, Inc.