The Breeding Seabirds of Alcatraz Island and Climate Change

About this talk: 


In this event, Lidia D’Amico (National Park Service Alcatraz Biologist) and Zoe Burr (Farallon Institute Seabird Biologist) will dive into the world of Alcatraz seabirds. They will tell you about several species that typically breed on the island every spring and summer, and the threats these birds are facing from climate change and living in an urban environment. Alcatraz Island sits in a unique position within the San Francisco Bay and as a result is one of only two estuarine breeding colonies for Brandt’s cormorants. Although the National Park Service works to protect these breeding areas for the birds, climate change has the potential to influence breeding seabirds in numerous ways and the birds of Alcatraz are no exception. Since seabirds breed on land but rely on the oceans (and in this case, bays!) for food, they are in the position to be affected by changing conditions and anthropogenic disturbances in both the marine and terrestrial realms. In this talk, they will also tell you what we do to help protect this unique seabird colony that is just over a mile from San Francisco! We hope to see you there!


About Our Speakers:

Lidia D’Amico is the Alcatraz Biologist for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a unit of the National Park Service. Her area of specialty includes the monitoring and management of rare and endangered avifauna populations, which has included the endemic honeycreepers of Hawai’i and the southernmost population of Northern Spotted Owl. Lidia is currently managing the waterbird colonies of Alcatraz Island through collaborative research efforts with the Farallon’s Institute, Point Blue Conservation Science, USGS, and the Audubon Society.

Zoe Burr is a marine ecologist who specializes in seabird ecology in the context of oceanographic processes and food-web dynamics. She completed a B.Sc. in Marine Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz and an interdisciplinary M.Sc. in Biological Oceanography at several collaborating Nordic institutions. Zoe has worked with the Farallon Institute to conduct research on the breeding ecology and disturbance of seabirds on Alcatraz Island and to study marine predator diet.