Beached Bird Survey Training

September 11, 2021 - 9:30 AM

COASST training session in progress.

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Training Team (COASST) is offering a virtual training session for their beached bird survey on Saturday, Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to all, although COASST’s goal is to recruit volunteer participants.  This session is specifically for Oregon.  (This online session is dubbed COASSTLite.  Full in-person training sessions, when they resume, take longer.)

COASST participants 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.  COASST, based at the University of Washington, organizes surveys for beached birds throughout the West Coast.  CoastWatch partners with COASST in Oregon.

Through an interactive workshop held via Zoom, trainees will become acquainted with COASST survey protocols, and have a chance to learn more about the seabirds that live in their area. The COASST training provides participants with the tools to monitor for potential changes in the marine environment and promote stewardship of local marine resources. By collaborating with citizens, natural resource management agencies and environmental organizations, COASST works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions.  Currently, nearly 1000 participants survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

Participants in the survey need have no prior experience with scientific data collection, simply a willing to commit to survey a specific beach while following careful procedures once a month.

Reserve your training spot by registering in advance here.

Learn more by calling COASST at 206-221-6893, e-mailing [email protected], or visiting the website at