Lower Nehalem Watershed Council Speaker Series

Do you love seabirds? Want to learn how to get involved and help scientists understand seabird populations in marine reserves? Join Lower Nehalem Watershed Council as they welcome Joe Liebezeit, Avian Conservation Program Manager of the Audubon Society of Portland for a presentation on how citizen science has enabled a better understanding of seabird populations in marine reserves.

The presentation will be held on Thursday, February 11 at the Pine Grove Community House, 225 Laneda Ave, Manzanita. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. The presentation will start at 7:20 p.m. following an update from Lower Nehalem Watershed Council. This special presentation is brought to you in partnership with the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve.

After many years of planning and public involvement, the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and marine protected area went into effect on January 1, 2016. The site is located in state waters (shoreline to three nautical miles out) between Falcon Cove and Manzanita, Oregon and is an area dedicated to conservation and scientific research.

The Lower Nehalem Watershed Council is exited to partner with the Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve to bring this exciting presentation on sea bird populations and citizen science to the communities who worked so hard to see the local Marine Reserve go into effect. Presenter Joe Liebezeit has worked for the Audubon Society of Portland since 2013. He manages their citizen science projects and a number of state-wide conservation efforts including ocean conservation work. Prior to his position with Portland Audubon, Joe worked for the Wildlife Conservation Society for 12 years leveraging on-the-ground science efforts to protect wildlife from oil development and climate change impacts in Arctic Alaska. 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 nearly 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!

Dan Haag
Born and raised in the great white north of Minnesota, Dan Haag felt the pull of the north Oregon Coast in the early 90s. Finding that rain never needed to be shoveled, he married an Oregon girl and settled in Manzanita, where he works as director of the Manzanita Visitors Center. He is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of state and national publications. He spends his free time wandering the area’s many trails, supporting the Oregon wine and beer industry, perusing coastal bookstores, and chasing his black Labrador, Lilo, along the beach.