Listening to the Land: ‘Exploring Positive Forest Pathways; a Report from the Field’

Kim Nelson posing with a marbled murrelet.

On Wednesday, March 21, the Necanicum Watershed Council Listening to the Land series hosts Kim Nelson, research wildlife biologist at Oregon State University. Nelson will share about the enigmatic marbled murrelet in Oregon, a dove-sized seabird that lives primarily at sea and returns to nest in mature conifer forests. Land conservation as well as ocean-based protections, like Oregon’s five marine reserve sites, house the potential to benefit these birds greatly.

S. Kim Nelson moved to Oregon in the mid-1970s to be closer to the ocean, forest, and mountains. She works as a Research Wildlife Biologist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University, focusing on the ecology and habitat associations of seabirds, specifically using modeling and habitat data to better understand and help resolve wildlife conservation and management issues.

The Listening to the Land speaker series is offered January through May by the Necanicum Watershed Council in partnership with the Seaside Public Library. This year’s theme explores “living on our dynamic coastal edge.” Presentations are held the third Wednesday of January through May and start at 6 p.m. at the Seaside Library, 1131 Broadway. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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