Beachwatchers wanted for
coastal observation and seabird survey team (coasst)
On March 24th from 11:00am to 5:00pm, the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver a free training session in Stanwood, WA. 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.
Through an interactive, hands-on workshop, trainees will become acquainted the custom COASST field guide, Beached Birds, and have a chance to try out their newly acquired identification skills on seabird species common to the North Pacific. 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, 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 volunteers survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.
The training session will be held at Stanwood Senior Center (7430 276th St NW, Stanwood, WA 98292). There will be a short break in the middle of the session for lunch, so please bring your own sack lunch, or money to purchase food in the area. Volunteers 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 calling COASST at 206-221-6893 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on COASST visit coasst.org
University of Washington
School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences
Seattle, WA 98195
Did you know that swans are monogamous and often mate for life?
Come celebrate these lovebirds as we venture close to their overnight haven at Barney Lake, and watch as they fly off into the sunrise. In order to catch the fly-over, we are meeting at 6:45 am (early bird gets the worm).
Many other birds winter at Barney Lake and bald eagles nest along the shore, so be sure to bring your binoculars!
We will provide some spotting scopes, as well as some hot beverages for the cold morning. Rubber boots are recommended. Parking is difficult onsite, so we will meet at the Skagit Valley Softball Fields parking lot on Martin Road and carpool from there.
This event is limited, so please RSVP. We are capping it at twenty people, then will start a waitlist. You will receive an email within a day after registration confirming your RSVP: http://www.skagitlandtrust.org/event.aspx?eventid=480