FULL – Presentation: Midway Atoll Annual Albatross Nesting Census
December 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Come join long-time Big Sur Land Trust supporter and volunteer, Jan Loomis as she shares her recent experience on Midway Atoll with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Through humor, story-telling and photos she will discuss the annual albatross nesting census and give an update on other current projects at Midway Atoll. While Jan’s main job on Midway was to census nesting birds, Jan’s training as an observer and emergency responder would not allow her to ignore the slow-moving crises of climate change and plastic pollution that were impacting a large breeding colony of birds on one of the most remote islands on the planet.
A light lunch will be provided. RSVP using the form below.
About Jan Loomis
In December of 2018, Jan Loomis went to Midway Atoll to have an adventure and be surrounded by the seabirds she had recently fallen in love with (thank you Makana). As a new member of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Annual Nesting Albatross Census Team, she came to know all things Albatross. For nearly six weeks she lived and worked among the largest nesting colony of Laysan Albatross in the world. Jan loves to travel and the more remote and exotic, the better! Her formal training/background has been a thirty-five-year career in emergency medicine (RN and paramedic), but her true love has always been marine biology – in particular shore and seabirds.
She currently works in the field of travel medicine – keeping everyday travelers, marine biologists (including MBA and MBARI staff!), Peace Corps workers, members of the Department of Defense, foreign governments and Homeland Security from contracting diseases while away on foreign assignments and travel. Locally, Jan is involved with two citizen-science projects that give ample opportunities for enjoying the Monterey Bay’s amazing wildlife while contributing to local conservation efforts. She recently completed her third year with the Central Coast Black Oystercatcher Monitoring Project and as a volunteer naturalist for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA).