Science Pub Portland: Seabirds

APR 16, 2019 | 7-9PM

We have plenty of tickets left for tonight's event, so we hope you will join us to learn about seabirds!


Seabirds and Community Science: Unveiling Mysteries of Seabirds to Inform Conservation Efforts on Oregon’s Iconic Coast

With Joe Liebezeit, Staff Scientist and Avian Conservation Program Manager at the Audubon Society of Portland

April 16, 2019 | Doors Open @ 5PM 


$5 advance purchase for guaranteed seats; $5 suggested donation at the door. Tickets will be available online or at the OMSI front desk until 2pm the day of the event; see below for details.


Birds have long been known to act as an indicator of overall health of habitats and ecosystems. Oregon’s coastline supports over 1.3 million nesting seabirds including 13 species and many others that visit our waters from around the world. On the West Coast, Oregon supports over one half of all colonial nesting seabirds in the lower 48 making it a vital breeding ground. Seabirds have also experienced some of the most dramatic population declines of any bird species group over the past half century.  They are challenged with a number of threats ranging from overfishing to impacts associated with a warming ocean including ocean acidification.


In this talk, scientist and conservationist, Joe Liebezeit will describe the wonders of Oregon’s seabirds, as well as another unique coastal bird, the Black Oystercatcher that make their home or visit Oregon’s shores and marine waters. Joe will describe Portland Audubon’s on-going community science projects focused on coastal bird species and report on new findings. These projects rely on participation of members of the public and are helping to inform efforts to conserve, protect, and better understand Oregon’s iconic rocky shoreline and recently designated system of Marine Reserves and Protected Areas.  Learn how you can help too!


Joe has worked for the Audubon Society of Portland since 2013 managing their Community Science and Coastal Conservation Program. Prior to his position with Portland Audubon, Joe worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society for 12 years leveraging on-the-ground science efforts to help protect shorebirds and other wildlife from oil development and climate change impacts in Arctic Alaska. Joe has worked as a field biologist studying birds across the U.S. as well as internationally including Russia and the Republic of Korea. Joe received his Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s Degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University. Joe has lived in the northwest for over 20 years and in Portland since 2005. In his free time Joe enjoys family time with his wife, two daughters, and pets. Joe enjoys playing and listening to music, exploring natural areas, and of course, bird watching.


Photo credit: Haley Crews


OMSI Science Pub at the Empirical Theater is a ticketed event. To guarantee a seat at this event, please buy tickets online or at the OMSI front desk. Advanced tickets will be available for purchase until 2:00pm the day of the event. Please show your ticket at the theater entrance upon arrival.


If the event sells out, we will update the website and Facebook listings accordingly. If the event does not sell out in advance, attendance will be first-come, first-served at the door and at-the-door admission will remain a suggested donation.

Science Pub OMSI is a monthly event that is open to anyone and everyone – no scientific background required. Just bring your curiosity, sense of humor, and appetite for food, drinks and knowledge! For more information or to sign up for our mailing list, email:


Pizza and salads will be available in our restaurant, Theory, and sandwichs and snacks from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance and find a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm.


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