[Ecoregional Virtual Tour Series] The Coast - Columbia Land Trust
Join us for an immersive virtual tour of The Coast Range & Estuaries ecoregion. The mouth of the Columbia River and the surrounding land is some of the most ecologically fascinating landscapes you’ll ever see!

Rivers, estuaries, coastal dunes, and old-growth forests blend together to support wildlife along with local fishing, forestry, & recreation industries. 

Register for our virtual tour of The Coast today to learn how we are conserving & restoring the best remaining coastal, wetland, river, and forest habitats while partnering with communities to support balanced land management.   

With your registration, you’ll receive access to an interactive virtual discussion and exclusive content sent to your inbox to explore and learn more about this unique region. 

[Virtual Event] Coastal Conservation, Old-Growth Forest, & Marbled Murrelet

Our live event took place on Tuesday, June 30. By registering, you will receive a link to view the recorded presentation at your convenience.

Simply put, the marbled murrelet is a bird of the sea, a winged traveler that lives between ocean waters and lush rainforests of the Pacific. Audubon has referred to them as a “strange, mysterious little seabird”, a fitting descriptor of a creature that weathers life in old-growth forests on the rugged and wild Pacific Northwest coast.

Join us for a conversation to learn more about the endangered marbled murrelet, old-growth forest management, and Columbia Land Trust’s conservation efforts on the coast. We’ll hear from our coastal conservation team Lydia Mendoza and Austin Tomlinson, as well as Research Wildlife Biologist Kim Nelson and Portland Audubon’s Paul Engelmeyer, both experts on the elusive seabirds.

Our Presenters

Lydia Mendoza – Conservation Lead, Columbia Land Trust
Lydia joined the Columbia Land Trust in 2018 with a background in development for land conservation and a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Lydia leads the Land Trust’s conservation work in the Coast Range and Estuaries region. When not working, she is excited to explore her new home in Astoria and the greater Pacific Northwest.



Austin Tomlinson – Land Steward, Columbia Land Trust
Austin was raised on the northern Oregon Coast, where he returned after graduating from Humboldt State University with a degree in soil science. He has worked for various conservation organizations throughout the Northwest, many of which specialized in restoration of riparian, forestry, and wetland habitats as well as agricultural impacts to water quality. Austin enjoys surfing, fishing, and hunting.



Kim Nelson, Wildlife Research Biologist, Oregon State University
Kim Nelson is a Research Wildlife Biologist in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Oregon State University. The current focus of her research is on the ecology and habitat associations of seabirds, specifically using modeling and habitat data to better understand and help resolve wildlife conservation and management issues. She has studied the nest-site characteristics, stand and landscape associations, abundance, and nesting behavior of forest birds and seabirds of the Pacific, including marbled murrelets, long-billed murrelets, caspian terns, and a variety of species in forests of the Pacific Northwest and at mixed seabird colonies in the Bering Sea.


Paul Engelmeyer, Portland AudubonPaul Engelmeyer – Ten Mile Sanctuary Manager, Portland Audubon
Paul Engelmeyer has managed Portland Audubon’s Ten Mile Creek Sanctuary, home to nesting marbled murrelets and other imperiled species, since 1990. His work includes watershed restoration, species recovery and marine conservation efforts, and he has worked for decades to develop partnerships that have grown into a basin-wide habitat protection program on the central Oregon coast.