The ecology and conservation of alcids in the waters of Washington State | How these volcanoes create unique and changing habitat for birds | Peter Hodum | April 2022 | YVAS Program

The ecology and conservation of alcids in the waters of Washington State - Peter Hodum - April 2022 - YVAS Program

The very striking Tufted Puffin is no doubt the most well-known bird in the alcid family, also known as auks. Some alcids have been dubbed the penguins of the north , though they are not at all related to that family of birds of the southern oceans. This program will introduce you to the alcids of Washington. Â Relatively little is known about the ecology and conservation status of many of these species, of which 15 have been recorded in Washington. Eight of these are regular in occurrence, one of which is iconic Tufted Puffin, a species listed as Endangered by Washington State. Moving between islands, seascapes, and species of the waters of Washington, our speaker, Peter Hodum, will provide an overview of the collaborative research programs focused on improving our understanding of Tufted Puffins, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Marbled Murrelets, and other Washington alcids and their conservation status. Dr. Peter Hodum is a professor in the Biology Department and the Environmental Policy and Decision Making Program at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and the Chile Program Director for Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, a conservation non-profit organization. His research focuses primarily on the conservation and ecology of threatened seabirds and island ecosystems in Chile and Washington State. His work also has a strong focus on community-centered conservation, including how communities can be more effectively and authentically involved in conservation.

Posted by Yakima Valley Audubon Society on Saturday, April 30, 2022

Image - Tufted Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Image - Rhinocerous Auklet
Rhinocerous Auklet

The very striking Tufted Puffin is no doubt the most well-known bird in the alcid family, also known as auks. Some alcids have been dubbed the penguins of the north , though they are not at all related to that family of birds of the southern oceans. This program will introduce you to the alcids of Washington.  Relatively little is known about the ecology and conservation status of many of these species, of which 15 have been recorded in Washington. Eight of these are regular in occurrence, one of which is iconic Tufted Puffin, a species listed as Endangered by Washington State. Moving between islands, seascapes, and species of the waters of Washington, our speaker, Peter Hodum, will provide an overview of the collaborative research programs focused on improving our understanding of Tufted Puffins, Rhinoceros Auklets, and Marbled Murrelets, and other Washington alcids and their conservation status.

Image - Dr. Peter Hodum
Dr. Peter Hodum

Dr. Peter Hodum is a professor in the Biology Department and the Environmental Policy and Decision Making Program at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and the Chile Program Director for Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge, a conservation non-profit organization. His research focuses primarily on the conservation and ecology of threatened seabirds and island ecosystems in Chile and Washington State.  His work also has a strong focus on community-centered conservation, including how communities can be more effectively and authentically involved in conservation.