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Get involved with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team

Posted: February 1, 2013 - 1:04am

The Costal Observation and Seabird Survey Team is looking for local volunteers to participate in this season’s monitoring of local marine ecosystems.

The positions are best suited for folks who enjoy walking the beach and have an interest in marine resources and conservation, however the call is open to any and all who are interested.

A training and orientation meeting will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 in the Valley Public Library, in the Mendenhall Mall. This six-hour event will instruct participants on how to get involved monitoring the health of our local marine ecosystems. Hear about how COASST started, the custom Beached Birds field guide, and try out new skills with some actual specimens. Training activities will take place indoors. The group break for lunch, so please pack or plant to buy lunch nearby. As always, COASST trainings are free, but participants should plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if interested in taking home a COASST volunteer kit, complete with the Beached Birds field guide.

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.

For more information, go online to http://depts.washington.edu/coasst.

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