This presentation is part of the Cape Perpetua Speaker Series, hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative.

The Black Oystercatcher is a unique shorebird of conservation concern that depends on rocky shoreline habitats. During this presentation, Joe Liebezeit will share about this bird’s unique life history, conservation challenges, and results of the multi-year monitoring effort. Since 2015, Portland Audubon, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and coastal partners have been monitoring this species along Oregon’s Coast with the help of a team of community scientists. Learn about how this work is being used to advance conservation of oystercatchers and Oregon’s rocky habitats and how you can be involved!


Joe has worked for Portland Audubon since 2013 acting as their staff scientist and leads their Community Science and Coastal Conservation Programs. 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 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’s work crosses conservation science, policy and outreach disciplines. He serves on several scientific and policy advisory committees and has contributed to numerous peer-reviewed publications and conservation planning processes.


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