Research on marbled murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus), based primarily at Desolation Sound, British Columbia, was started in 1991. The research, a collaborative effort of the Wildlife Ecology Chair at Simon Fraser University, the Canadian Wildlife Service, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, and the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, aims to understand the population dynamics and marine and forest habitat requirements of this threatened species. By the end of the 1998 breeding season, 1,269 murrelets (including 115 recaptures and 55 recently fledged juveniles) had been captured and banded at Desolation Sound, providing information on survival, longevity, and site fidelity, and allowing annual and sexual morphometric comparisons. A molecular sexing technique, and hormonal assays that indicate breeding status was also developed. Radiotelemetry has been used to locate nest sites and to determine use of the marine environment. Twenty-three nest sites were located in 1998 using this technique.
Hull, Cindy L.. 1999. Marbled Murrelet Research in Desolation Sound, British Columbia (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings. Vol. 2