Anyone looking to contribute to the growing body of knowledge and humankind’s understanding of the Earth’s environment might want to consider volunteering for a very interesting effort to learn more about the life cycles of various sea birds and other aspects of Oregon’s ocean beaches.
The University of Washington, through its School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, is launching a series of Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Teams (COASST) aimed at the collection of quality data from coastal beaches and to help establish life trends among various seabirds. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify bird carcasses that wash ashore along ocean beaches from northern California to Alaska.
COASST is offering a FREE six hour training session to hear about how COASST started, how to use the custom “Beached Birds” field guild and to learn new identification skills.
Again, it’s a free event, open and very welcoming to the public. Volunteers are not required to have any experience at this sort of thing. Volunteers are asked to make a firm commitment to walk along a 3/4-mile stretch of beach each month and pay a ONE TIME $20 deposit on supplies and materials. All training activities take place indoors and include a break for lunch. Bring your own or lunch or plan to buy a lunch nearby.
Here’s the particulars:
SUNDAY, July 15, 11am-5pm, Lincoln City Cultural Center, just north of D-River Beach. at 540 North Highway 101, Lincoln City.
Please RSVP to Coasst@UW.Edu