Training offered for seabird survey

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2008

JUNEAU - The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team will deliver a free training session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Building, Glacier View Room, Room 221. Participants can bring their own brown-bag lunch.

COASST volunteers help collect 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. Data collected helps address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources.

Through an interactive, hands-on workshop, trainees will become acquainted with 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 Southeast Alaska. The COASST training provides volunteers 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, more than 400 volunteers survey more than 250 beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska and Hawaii.

Reserve your training spot by calling COASST at 206-221-6893 or by e-mailing For more information on COASST, visit or mail to University of Washington, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, P.O. Box 355020, Seattle, WA 98195-5020. The Juneau training session is presented by COASST and Alaska Sea Grant.

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