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FIELD GUIDE Investigates Plight of the Murre, Airs May 27


There may be trouble along the coast. Researchers believe that not a single common murre chick has been raised on Oregon’s north coast for the last several years. OREGON FIELD GUIDE reports on the plight of the common murre and how the resurgence of the bald eagle is causing a catastrophic failure in breeding. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, May 27 at 8:30pm.

Murres & Eagles – The common murre lives eight months at sea, but in late spring, over a half million of the birds flock to the rocks and small islands off the northern Oregon coast to nest and raise their young. But last year, not a single murre chick was produced. The birds appear to be moving south to Yaquina Head off Newport, 80,000-90,0000 of them colonizing a rock that used to accommodate roughly 20,000. A resurgence of bald eagles is responsible for a catastrophic failure in breeding. And now crows and gulls are getting in on the act.

Wind and Bats - Wind energy is promoted as clean, green and renewable. But wind turbines are also killing bats by the thousands. Scientists are trying to learn why it’s happening, what can be done, and what it might mean for the future of wind development in Oregon.

Geocaching - Treasure hunting with the help of satellites has swept the planet. Since geocaching was introduced in 2000, it has attracted players worldwide from kids to senior citizens. Learn how to geocache and visit the birthplace of this new global sport — in Oregon.

FIELD GUIDE repeats Sundays at 1:30am and 6:30pm. Full episodes of FIELD GUIDE are available at watch.opb.org. Videos of the stories featured on FIELD GUIDE are available at opb.org/programs/ofg/

About OREGON FIELD GUIDE
In its 21st season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

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