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A Career Saving Seabirds

From the Autumn 2019 Sea Star print newsletter

Looking back on the work of marine fisheries scientist Ed Melvin upon his retirement

“I’ve never had an ornithology class in my life,” Ed Melvin confides on a sunny afternoon sitting by Seattle’s Portage Bay. For anyone familiar with Melvin’s work, this may come as a surprise. Melvin spent the bulk of his career saving seabirds.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including many endangered albatrosses and petrels, are trapped and drowned in ...

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Friday Harbor Labs: A Marine Biology Student’s Dream Educational Experience

From the Autumn 2019 Sea Star print newsletter

By Helen Kesting, guest student writer

Just 50 miles away from Seattle as the crow flies, the University of Washington runs a marine field station on San Juan Island called Friday Harbor Laboratories (FHL). Wooden buildings, grass fields and grazing deer cover the campus, which is surrounded by nearly 400 acres of mixed coniferous forest. During the weekends, students entertain themselves by hiking or by taking a rowboat to a nearby cove. At ...

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