Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted for COASST

Posted October 6, 2016 at 5:51 am by


Beach­watch­ers and Bird­ers Want­ed For Coastal Obser­va­tion And Seabird Sur­vey Team

The Coastal Obser­va­tion and Seabird Sur­vey Team (COASST) will deliv­er two free train­ings, one in Fri­day Har­bor on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 15 and one on Lopez Island on Sun­day, Octo­ber 16. Addi­tion­al­ly, Julia Par­rish, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of COASST, will give a pre­sen­ta­tion enti­tled Seabirds, Cit­i­zen Sci­ence and Sav­ing the World in Fri­day Har­bor on Fri­day, Octo­ber 14.

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COASST vol­un­teers help make a dif­fer­ence for the envi­ron­ment by col­lect­ing data on beach-cast car­cass­es of marine birds on a month­ly basis to estab­lish the base­line pat­tern of beached bird mor­tal­i­ty on North Pacif­ic beach­es. Data col­lect­ed helps address impor­tant marine con­ser­va­tion issues and pro­tect marine resources.

Through an inter­ac­tive, hands-on work­shop, trainees will become acquaint­ed with the cus­tom COASST field guide, Beached Birds, and have a chance to try out their new­ly acquired iden­ti­fi­ca­tion skills on seabird species com­mon to the North Pacif­ic. The COASST train­ing pro­vides vol­un­teers with the tools to mon­i­tor for poten­tial changes in the marine envi­ron­ment and pro­mote stew­ard­ship of local marine resources.

COASST is a cit­i­zen sci­ence project of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton in part­ner­ship with state, trib­al, and fed­er­al agen­cies, envi­ron­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions, and com­mu­ni­ty groups. COASST believes cit­i­zens of coastal com­mu­ni­ties are essen­tial sci­en­tif­ic part­ners in mon­i­tor­ing marine ecosys­tem health. By col­lab­o­rat­ing with cit­i­zens, nat­ur­al resource man­age­ment agen­cies and envi­ron­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions, COASST works to trans­late long-term mon­i­tor­ing into effec­tive marine con­ser­va­tion solu­tions. Cur­rent­ly, more than 800 vol­un­teers sur­vey beach­es in Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon, Cal­i­for­nia, and Alaska.

The pre­sen­ta­tion will be held at the Fri­day Har­bor Lab­o­ra­to­ries — Com­mons (620 Uni­ver­si­ty Road, Fri­day Har­bor, WA 98250) at 7:00pm on Fri­day, Octo­ber 14. The train­ing ses­sion in Fri­day Har­bor will be held at the same loca­tion from 10:00 am – 4:00 PM on Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 15.

The train­ing ses­sion on Lopez Island will be held at the San Juan Coun­ty Fire Dis­trict #4 (2228 Fish­er­man Bay Road, Lopez Island, WA 98261) from 11:00 am – 5:00 PM on Sun­day, Octo­ber 16. Beach sur­veys are best con­duct­ed in groups of 2 or more – please come with a sur­vey part­ner in mind or plan to join a team dur­ing training.

Reserve your train­ing spot at either train­ing by call­ing COASST at 206–221-6893 or by email­ing For more infor­ma­tion on COASST: Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton, School of Aquat­ic & Fish­ery Sci­ences, Box 355020, Seat­tle, WA 98195–5020; Phone: 206–221-6893; Web­site:; Email:

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