Beachwatchers and Birders Wanted for COASST
Posted October 6, 2016 at 5:51 am by Tim Dustrude
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on COASST: University of Washington, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, Box 355020, Seattle, WA 98195–5020; Phone: 206–221-6893; Website: www.coasst.org; Email: email@example.com
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