Beached Bird Survey Training
The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will hold a training session for prospective volunteers in the long-running beached bird survey they conduct in all the West Coast states on Saturday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Room TOWL 306 at Clatsop Community College (1651 Lexington Ave.) in Astoria.
The COASST survey, in which CoastWatch is the Oregon partner, is a citizen science project that gathers science-quality data on beached birds. The information is used by scientists tracking bird populations and the health of the nearshore ocean, and will provide critical background information should there be an oil spill or other disaster affecting birds. Volunteers conduct monthly surveys, individually or in teams. (Prospective volunteers are urged to bring potential survey partners with them, or be prepared to join an existing team.)
There is no charge, 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. Bring lunch.
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 Jesse Jones can also provide more information about the survey in Oregon: (503) 989-7244, [email protected].