Sea duck expert up next in Discovery Speaker Series

Joe Evenson will talk about marine birds of Puget Sound March 19 as the next speaker in the Discovery Speaker Series in Olympia.

Evenson is a waterfowl survey and sea duck specialist with the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.

During his presentation, he will talk about what is happening to marine bird populations in Puget Sound, in particular sea ducks. He will discuss the science being used to count marine birds, the changing trends and the relationship with forage fish populations.

Evenson joined the department in 1994 to work on the marine bird and mammal component of the Puget Sound Assessment and Monitoring Program. His research has focused on population status and trends of marine birds in the Puget Sound and evaluating population dynamics of sea ducks, according to the department’s website.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from The Evergreen State College in 1990. From 1990-1995, Evenson worked as a research biologist with Cascadia Research studying marine mammals and birds along the Northeast Pacific Coast, from Alaska to California, as well as the Arctic Ocean. These projects focused on population estimates utilizing aerial and vessel survey and mark-recapture methodologies.

The free program will be from 7-8:30 p.m. at LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia.

Attendees can continue to talk with Evenson after the program at Fish Tale Brew Pub, 515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia.

For more information, send an email to center@sseacenter.org.