Listening to the Land Kicks off the 2020 season on January 29th, 2020 with a presentation from Sarah Henkel titled "Listening to the Crabs". Oregon State University marine ecologist Sarah Henkel and a colleague from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration glued acoustic tags onto several legal-sized Dungeness crabs near the mouth of the Columbia River and off Cape Falcon last year. Then, they deployed acoustic receivers north and south of the two locations.
Their goal was to learn how frequently and how far crabs move in sandy versus rocky habitat – data that will help inform decision-making on potential impacts of wave energy testing and marine reserves.
What they found out about the crabs surprised them. What they discovered about great white sharks in Oregon waters from listening for the signals emitted from the crab tags intrigued them even more.
Join us on January 15th at the Seaside Public Library from 6-8 pm to find out all about the study and what they found.
The Seaside Public Library is in partnership for Listening to the Land with the Necanicum Watershed Council.