On Aug. 13, from 10 a.m. – 4 pm, the Coastal Observation and Seabird SurveyTeam (COASST) will deliver a free training session in Neah Bay, WA for members of the community. The COASST Beached Bird program is focused on the intersection of science, conservation, and communities.
COASST participants help make a difference for the environment by collecting data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds and marine debris 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 with COASST survey protocols, have a chance to learn more about the seabirds that live in their area, and learn about the effects of marine debris on sea life. 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. COASSTbelieves residents of coastal communities are essential scientific partners in monitoring marine ecosystem health. By collaborating with community members, natural resource management agencies and environmental organizations, COASST works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions. Currently, nearly 1000 participants survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.
The training session will be held at the Makah Community Hall (81 3rd Ave, Neah Bay, WA 98357).
There will be a short break for lunch, so please bring your own sack lunch. Participants need NO prior experience with scientific data collection, just a commitment to survey a specific beach at least once a month.
COVID-19 details: Masks are recommended, but not mandatory. Staying safe is our top priority and we will have disinfectant wipes and sanitizer on hand.
For more information and to reserve your training spot, call COASST at 206-221-6893 or email coasst uw.edu. More information about the COASST program can be found at coasst.org