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MCWC Montly Meeting: Yearly Bird Counts, What Can We Learn?

MidCoast Watersheds Council

The public is invited to a talk by wildlife artist Ram Papish at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm in Newport, to learn about the results of the annual Yaquina Bay Christmas Bird Count and changes that have been observed over the years.  The meeting is held in the public meeting room of the Central Lincoln PUD building located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex.  Refreshments will be served.


Wildlife artist Ram Papish is a self-declared “professional bird enthusiast” who lives locally and participates in these yearly counts organized by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Yaquina Birders and Naturalists.   Yearly bird counts have indicated, for example, that Anna’s hummingbirds have been increasing steadily from 1973 until now, while canvasback ducks have been declining during these 42 years.  Other results will be shown along with Ram’s beautiful photographs.

Now retired to concentrate on his art, he spent 20 years as a field biologist, working nationally and internationally.  He uses his knowledge to create realistic and beautiful wildlife images.  In addition to prints and custom pieces, he has illustrated field guides and contributed work to many books and publications.  He has designed and illustrated interpretive panels for agencies and programs and has also written two wildlife related children’s books (as well as non-wildlife related mysteries).

Please join us Thursday January 7th at 6:30 for this presentation.