Beached Bird Survey Training
COASST and CoastWatch are sponsoring two training sessions this month. The second one will be held Sunday, Jan. 24, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., OSU Sea Grant Field Station, 444 Jackson St., Port Orford.
Current COASST volunteers who would like a refresher are encouraged to join the training sessions at 2 p.m.
COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data on the status of coastal beaches and trends of seabirds. The goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and to promote proactive citizen involvement and action. This meshes with CoastWatch’s mission to engage citizens in monitoring the shoreline. We have collaborated with COASST for more than 15 years now.
COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska. Volunteers need no experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about ¾ mile) each month. Many CoastWatchers adopt the mile where their beached bird survey site is located, but others join teams monitoring sites on other miles.
There is no charge to attend a training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit complete with a COASST Beached Birds field guide (which we can attest is excellent). Training activities take place indoors.
If you plan to attend, it would help with planning the event if you could RSVP to [email protected] or (206) 221-6893. CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Fawn Custer can also provide more information about the survey: (541) 270-0027, [email protected].