Beached Bird Survey Training

July 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM
Port Orford Field Station
444 Jackson St.
Port Orford, OR

Volunteers at work on a COASST survey.  Photo by Melissa Keyser.
Volunteers at work on a COASST survey. Photo by Melissa Keyser.

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will hold a training for prospective volunteers in the long-running beached bird survey they conduct on Saturday, July 22, beginning at 10 a.m. in the seminar room of the Port Orford Field Station (444 Jackson St.).

The COASST survey, in which CoastWatch is the Oregon partner, is a citizen science project that gathers science-quality data on beached birds throughout the West Coast.  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.

The all-day training runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The trainer will be Erika Frost, COASST’s volunteer coordinator; Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, will also be in attendance.  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 Fawn Custer can also provide more information about the survey:  (541) 270-0027, [email protected].