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Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus

Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus is a sensitive marine species because it nests only in old-growth trees. Largely nesting on the west coast of Vancouver Island,  this species uses Salt Springs’ waters for year-round foraging with highest numbers around Salt Spring from August to February. These marine foragers eat a variety of small fish like herring, capelin shiner perch and sandeels. Adults lay one egg and both adults take turns incubating and feeding. The chicks are fed once or twice a day as the parents have to fly back to the ocean to forage and bring one fish back to their young twice a day. Chicks fledge at 28 days and are reproductive within two years.

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   Photo Credits: 1. Guy Monty 2. Tom Benson 3. Aaron Maizlish
CLASSIFICATIONS
  • Blue List
  • Threatened

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Government of Canada Species Profile

COSEWIC Status Report