Boekelheide talks gulls at next Science Café on Oct. 10

Science Café

When: 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10

Where: Paradise Restaurant, 703 N. Sequim Ave., Sequim

Presentation: “They’re not just Seagulls: The Annual Cycles and Migration of Gull Species on the North Olympic Peninsula” with Bob Boekelheide

Admission: Free

Bob Boekelheide will describe different species and present data from recent bird surveys that show how the multiple species of gulls use Dungeness Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca throughout the year at the next Science Café, presented by the Sequim Education Foundation, set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the Paradise Restaurant, 703 N. Sequim Ave.

Boekelheide’s presentation is “They’re not just Seagulls: The Annual Cycles and Migration of Gull Species on the North Olympic Peninsula.” Only one of the 19 species of gulls that have been recorded in Clallam County actually nests in the Salish Sea, while several other gull species migrate by the thousands through our area from as far as the Arctic, the interior of North America, and Mexico.

Each of these species has a unique story about how the north Olympic Peninsula fits into their annual cycle and survival.

With a master’s degree in ecology from UC-Davis, Boekelheide worked as a seabird biologist at the Farallon Islands in California, along with studies in the Arctic, Antarctic and across the Pacific. He taught high school science in Sequim and Port Angeles, and then worked as director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim from 2001-2011. As local compiler of Christmas Bird Counts and International Migratory Bird Counts since 1995, and now volunteer for several projects that monitor birds on the north Olympic Peninsula, he tries to understand changes in bird populations in our area.

The Science Café is a community service of the Sequim Education Foundation.

Programs present expert speakers for adult and young adult audiences interested in current developments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Science Café events are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Paradise Restaurant. Admission is free and food and beverages are available for purchase.