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Common murres are the most abundant breeding seabird in Oregon, with over half a million individuals. They are also one of the deepest diving birds in the northern hemisphere - these small birds weighing two pounds are capable of diving over 500 feet deep. Dr. Rob Suryan and students in his lab have worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to show how the recovery of bald eagles have drastically affected murre populations on the Oregon coast. Their studies have also shown how changes in ocean conditions on the west coast of North America have affected the diet and reproductive success of murres.
Did you know? The most abundant breeding seabird in Oregon, with over 500,000 individuals. The recovery of bald eagles from endangered species status is greatly impacting murre populations on the Oregon coast, causing widespread murre reproductive failures on the central and north coasts. Common murres are one of the deepest diving birds in the northern hemisphere. These 2 lb (950g) birds are capable of diving over 500 ft deep!
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