The Marbled Murrelet, a small, north
Pacific seabird, needs coastal oldgrowth
trees in which to nest. In
British Columbia, and elsewhere in
the murrelet’s breeding range, these
ancient, mossy giants are disappearing.
Much of the low and middle-elevation
forest has already been cut and murrelet
populations have probably already
historic levels. As
into more remote
are likely to
decline in proportion
amount of nesting
habitat that is
forest is replaced with second-growth
that mostly will be harvested every 80
to 100 years, never allowing the trees
to reach the age, size and form that
murrelets depend on for nesting.
Fragmented old-growth stands and
isolated patches are believed to provide
poor murrelet habitat because nests
in them are vulnerable to predators
like ravens, and to wind and other disturbances.
Blood, Donald A.. 1998. Marbled Murrelet. Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Species At Risk brochure
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: species at risk, sara, marbled murrelet, endangered, threatened
Scientific Name: Brachyramphus marmoratus
English Name: Marbled Murrelet
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