Beached Bird Training
The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), based at the University of Washington, conducts a long-running beached bird survey in all the West Coast states. This is true citizen science; with training, volunteers learn to gather information that is of science quality and used by scientists in studies and by resource agencies in assessing environmental impacts. For many years, CoastWatch has partnered with COASST to help organize volunteers for sites on the Oregon coast.
A training session for prospective volunteers in the survey is scheduled for Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Birds and Mammals Classroom at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston (63466 Boat Basin Rd.). COASST’s founder and director, Julia Parrish, will be the trainer.
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. 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].