Beached Bird Survey Training

June 19, 2022 - 9:30 AM
Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team

CoastWatchers Dave and Diane Bilderback conducting a COASST survey.
CoastWatches Dave and Diane Bilderback conducting a COASST survey.

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) organizes a beached bird survey throughout the West Coast.  Oregon is an Oregon partner.  COASST participants (many of them also CoastWatchers) 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.

On June 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., COASST will deliver a virtual training session for interested parties and prospective volunteers on the northern Oregon coast.

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.

COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental organizations like Oregon Shores/CoastWatch, 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, nearly 1000 participants survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

Participants need no prior experience with scientific data collection, just a commitment to survey a specific beach at least once a month.

Reserve your training spot by registering in advance at this link: https://washington.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_aI9-jKwKTw6JLaNJ9j8T_g

For more information, contact Anna Vallery, (206) 221-6893, [email protected].