The OMSI Science Pub on April 17th had a nature theme to it: Penguins of Oregon. The presenter was none other than Portland’s favorite naturalist, James Davis. Of course, there are no penguins in Oregon, but there are coastal birds that people often mistake for penguins: alcids (or auks). Alcids include puffins, auklets, murres, and guillemots, all found on the Oregon coast (you can see all these birds at the aviary at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport). Davis was dressed for the occasion, even changing his costume throughout to match the plumage of the birds he was discussing. And he was even using a carousel slide projector! He had Patrick’s attention the whole time (pics).
Patrick sitting with someone whom I met at my Darwin talk at OHSU the week before, a science-loving parent from Vancouver (looks like Darwin himself):
Penguins: southern hemisphere; Alcids: northern hemisphere