BLACK HILLS AUDUBON SOCIETY 
(BHAS) is a chapter of the National Audubon Society, representing Lewis, Mason, and Thurston counties in the state of Washington. It is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization whose 1,300+ members share interests in birds and other wildlife, their habitats, and natural history. Our goals are to promote environmental education and recreation and to maintain and protect our ecosystems for future generations.
We also work with the state Audubon office (Audubon Washington). 

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NO BHAS Monthly Program Meeting in March.

Instead, we hope you will join us for

BHAS's 28th Annual Dinner
 and Silent Auction

 
on March 7th, 5 p.m.

Location:  South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Student Union

Black Hills Audubon Society will hold its 28th Annual Dinner and Auction the evening of Saturday, March 7, 2015.

This year’s event will be held at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), in the Student Union Building, on Olympia’s west side. A catered buffet dinner will be offered again this year. Tickets to the evening’s activities will cost $30 and must be purchased in advance. Information about the entrée choices and ticket purchases are on the RSVP page.

For those new to BHAS, this evening is our major social and fundraising event of the year. Activities include: a scrumptious dinner catered by City Picnics Catering, beer and wine will be available for purchase, presentation of BHAS awards, silent auction, plant sale, raffle, and a special presentation by Wildlife Biologist Ken Bevis.

More information on the Annual Dinner web page.

We hope to see you there!

Can't make it to the Annual Dinner?
 We hope you will consider making a donation to BHAS.

Thank you!!

 

 

Current issue of the Echo newsletter:       January-February 2015 Echo (PDF, 374 kb)
The next deadline for submitting articles will be April 1, 2014 (for the May-June 2015 Echo)

 

 

The Great Washington State Birding Trail maps

Seven maps are now available from AudubonWashington,
including the newest and final map, Puget Loop.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Field Trips and Events
 in 2015

(Everyone is welcome to participate with Field Trips and Events...
you don't have to be a BHAS member!)

Discover Pass logo-Click here to learn about the Discover Pass.Some field trips to public lands may require an entrance fee. 

See how to purchase the

Washington Discover Pass.

 

 

Regular/Recurring
Field Trips
:
 

Every Wednesday, 8:00 am — 11:00 am, Field Trip: 
Phil Kelley leads a Birding Walk at Nisqually NWR.  Meet at the Nisqually Visitor Center.

First Saturday of each month, Birding and Breakfast -
First Saturday of each month, different location each time within Lewis, Mason, or Thurston County.  Birding at 7:30 am and breakfast at 9:00 am.
For more information, contact Deb Nickerson at 360-754-5397.

Third Monday of each month at 4:30 pm, Event:

Birds and Beer (Olympia)

Gather with birders at the Fish Tale Brewpub on the third Monday of each month. People will share their “best birding spots in our area.”

Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge.  We will gather at the couches in the back.
Location:  Fish Tale Brewpub,
               515 Jefferson St. SE, Olympia

Last Wednesday of each month at 5:00 pm , Event:

Birds and Beer (Shelton)

Meet other birders from Mason County or those who happen to be in the area. Discuss good places to bird and the interesting birds you have sighted recently. Have a beverage and or a bite to eat with us.

Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge. 
Location:  Smoking Mo's Kitchen
                203 W Railroad Ave, Shelton, WA.  See map.

Third Thursday of each month, 8:00 a.m:   Field Trip:

Guided Birding at Eagle’s Pride Golf Course
at JBLM

Eagle’s Pride Golf Course, which most of us only glimpse as we speed by on I-5, has many acres of undeveloped ponds, meadow, and conifer and
deciduous forest, just one-half mile from the Nisqually River.
Over 72 species of birds have been documented so far on these Thursday field trips.

This trip will be from 1-3 miles long on relatively level ground, and explore forest, water, and open area species.

No security passes are required. Trip starts promptly at 8:00 a.m. at the golf course driving range parking lot. 

Location: Exit 116 (Mounts Road), turn north, turn right into Eagle’s Pride Golf Course clubhouse parking area, go down ramp and make an immediate, hard left onto driving range access road (narrow road). Proceed to driving range parking area.

For questions, contact David Wienecke at david.l.wienecke.naf@mail.mil or
(253) 964-0341 (office) or (760)828-8788 (cell).


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---  2015  Field Trips and Events  ---

Feb. 28 (Sat.)

9:00 am – Noon

 

Field Trip:    Cranberry Lake, Mason County
Leaders: Teri King, Norma & Allan Borden, and Clint Ferrara

The Cranberry Lake Research and Education Center is managed by the Frank Family Foundation and is open to the public only by invitation. The 640 acre parcel includes extensive wetlands, diverse forest lands and abundant wildlife. The trails are mostly level and were recently upgraded with new boardwalks and gravel. Leaders will include Teri King, Sea Grant Specialist & Foundation Education Director, and Black Hills Audubon experts.

Although the trail is under a mile, there is much to see and hear so expect the hike to last 2-3 hours. Barring a major storm or high winds, the trip will be held regardless of the weather. Rain gear and boots are recommended.

Pre-registration required. Space is limited and offered on a first- come / first-served basis. If you are interested, please register with Teri King, at 360-432-3054 or wsgcanal@uw.edu . If you have any questions, please contact Norma Borden at 360-426-1051.
Feb. 28 - Mar. 1
(Sat. - Sun.)

 

Event:   Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival
Location:  Port Susan, Washington

Every year, thousands of Snow Geese descend on the Stillasquamish and Skagit River deltas. The Port Susan Snow Goose and Birding Festival attracts participants who come to see these large numbers of Snow Geese, Trumpeter and Tundra Swans, Bald Eagles, herons, ducks, and many other species, even including Snowy Owls and Gyrfalcons!

Sponsored by the Pilchuk Audubon Society, most events and tours are free. To see a calendar of events, check their website www.snowgoosefest.org .

Mar. 7
(Sat.)

7:30 am

9:00 am

BHAS Field Trip/Event:       Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast on the first Saturday of each month. Bird with us at 7:30 a.m., then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant at 9:00 a.m.

Or, if you’re a late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll tell you what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome. No expert guide.

           7:30 am:   Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge
                          100 Brown Farm Rd. N.E., Olympia

           9:00 am:   Breakfast at Panera Bread
                          1320 Marvin Rd. N.E., Lacey

Any of the following passes are required for the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge:  Interagency Annual Pass (old Golden Eagle), Senior Pass (old Golden Age), or Access Passport, Federal Duck Stamp, or an Annual Refuge Pass.

Mar. 7 (Sat)

5 pm

Event:  BHAS 28th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction
Location:  South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) Student Union

Black Hills Audubon Society will hold its 28th Annual Dinner and Auction the evening of Saturday, March 7, 2015.

This year’s event will be held at South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC), in the Student Union Building, on Olympia’s west side. A catered buffet dinner will be offered again this year. Tickets to the evening’s activities will cost $30 and must be purchased in advance. Information about the entrée choices and ticket purchases are on the RSVP web page.

For those new to BHAS, this evening is our major social and fundraising event of the year. Activities include: a scrumptious dinner catered by City Picnics Catering, beer and wine will be available for purchase, presentation of BHAS awards, silent auction, plant sale, raffle, and a special presentation by Wildlife Biologist Ken Bevis.

More information on the Annual Dinner web page. 

Can't make it to the Annual Dinner?
 Please consider making a donation to BHAS.

Thank you!

March 13-15
(Fri-Sun)
Event:    Wings Over Water Festival
Location: Blaine, Washington

This annual birding festival celebrates the incredible variety of migratory birds that visit Blaine, Semiahmoo, Birch Bay, and Drayton Harbor, located on the Pacific Flyway in the Northwest corner of Washington State.

There will be field trips, nature cruises, wildlife demonstrations, arts & crafts, kid's activities, expert wildlife speakers and more. For full details, including places and times, see www.wingsoverwaterbirdingfestival.com .

Mar. 19 (Thurs)

7pm-8:30pm

(doors open at 6:30pm)

EventSouth Sound Estuary Association (SSEA)
                Discovery Speaker Series 

Presentation:
 Shorebirds of Puget Sound
                 Joe Evenson PhD, WDFW

Location:  LOTT’s WET Science Center, 500 Adams St. NE, Olympia

Joe Evenson PhD, will teach us about shorebird populations in Puget Sound. Joe will talk about the science used to count shorebirds, the changing trends, and the relationship with forage fish populations.

Free and open to the public thanks in part to The Russell Family Foundation, Washington Foundation for the Environment, presenters donating their time, and the many members/supporters who join SSEA to help keep these programs going.

Mar. 21 (Sat)

 1:00 pm -
 3:00 pm

BHAS Birding class:  Shorebirds Class

Instructor:  Vanessa Loverti

Join Vanessa Loverti, Regional Shorebird Biologist from USFWS Division of Migratory Birds, for a presentation about shorebirds just in time for spring. She will discuss shorebird identification, current monitoring projects, and the status of shorebirds within the Pacific Flyway.

Class: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
          Limited to 30 people. 
          Location:  WET Science Center Board Room
                         500 Adams Street NE
                         Olympia
          Cost:  $15


Pre-registration required.  Contact: Mary Russell at (360) 357-6863 or greenbird321@msn.com.
Mar. 25 (Wed.)

5:00 pm

BHAS Event:     Birds and Beer (Shelton)
                  
(Last Wednesday of each month at 5 pm)

Meet other birders from Mason County or those who happen to be in the area. Discuss good places to bird and the interesting birds you have sighted recently. Have a beverage and/or a bite to eat with us.

Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge. 

Please note time:  5 pm.

Location:  Location is changing. Please contact Norma at 426-1051 until we settle on a new location.                 

Mar. 27 – 299 (Fri-Sun) Event:    Othello Sandhill Crane Festival
Location: Othello, Washington

Long one of Washington State's most popular birding festivals, the Othello Sandhill Crane Festival is timed to offer visitors the chance to see the tens of thousands of Sandhill Cranes that stop in Othello's fallow grain fields and wetlands to fuel up on their migration north.

The Festival has many tours for crane-viewing along with specialty tours to see landscape and birds very different from ours on the west side of the Cascades. Specialty tours have included Columbia National Wildlife Refuge/Potholes area wildlife tour, Missoula Floods and the Channeled Scablands geology tour, Lower Grand Coulee birding tour, and Wahluke Slope/Shrub Steppe birding tour.

Pre-registration is suggested to reserve your seat, as some fill up quickly. For more information and to register, go to www.othellosandhillcranefestival.org .

Mar. 28 (Sat)

7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
 
BHAS Field trip:   Theler Wetland, Belfair State Park,
                         and Mountain Quail sites

Leaders: Gary Wiles and Paul Hicks

This trip will visit several sites at the far southeast end of Hood Canal in Mason County, including Theler Wetlands Nature Preserve and Belfair State Park. Both locations should be good for a mix of water birds, songbirds, and perhaps lingering shorebirds. We'll also be searching for Mountain Quail in the same vicinity.

Meet at the Mud Bay Park-and-Ride. Bring lunch and drinks. Dress for the weather and expect to walk one to two miles during the day. Group size is limited to 12 people and 3 cars, and all vehicles need a Discover Pass.

Pre-registration needed: Please call Gary at 360-943-8786 to reserve your spot.

Deadline to apply: 
 April 1.

Bird-banding Training 2015

Scholarships offered

BHAS is excited to offer two scholarships for a bird-banding training this coming spring. Taught by the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM), the six days of training will occur on May 22-25, and May 30-June1.

 

Deadline to apply:  April 1.
One scholarship will be for an adult and the other one for a teenager/student. The cost for training each person is $450. BHAS will provide $400 of the fee for each scholarship recipient, and each participant will have to provide the remaining $50. After the training, each recipient will be expected to make a short presentation at a BHAS program meeting and participate in volunteer bird-banding using her/his new skills.

 

The training, taught by Dan Froehlich and Glenn Johnson, will cover all the aspects of setting up and running a MAPS station and will produce, as a goal, banders who can extract birds captured, record data, and perform most aging and sexing of the common species. The focus of the course will be on aging by wing feather patterns, sexing, and skulling with the goal of separating adults from juveniles. The course will also cover net placement, MAPS concept, bird handling, and data recording.

 

If you are interested in attending this camp and applying for one of the scholarships, please provide a statement by April 1, 2015, explaining:

  1. Why you would best be suited to receive the training, and

  2. How this training will be applied to your professional work, personal pursuits, and/or interests.

Please send your statement by April 1st to Sam Merrill, Conservation Committee Chair, BHAS, at sammerrill3@comcast.net.

Apr. 4
(Sat.)

7:30 am

9:00 am

BHAS Field Trip/Event:       Birding & Breakfast

Want to get a head start on your weekend? Join us for Birding and Breakfast on the first Saturday of each month. Bird with us at 7:30 a.m., then enjoy breakfast at a local restaurant at 9:00 a.m.

Or, if you’re a late riser, just join us for breakfast and we’ll tell you what birds are in the area. Beginning birders are welcome.

             7:30 am:   Tenino's Mull Street marsh and Heernet Foundation woods.
                             Paul Hicks will lead. Meet at Scotty B's Diner (500 Sussex Avenue
                             East, Tenino), on the corner of the shopping center at the
                             intersection of Route 507 and Old Highway 99.
                             We'll carpool from there.

             9:00 am:   Breakfast at Scotty B's Diner (500 Sussex Avenue East, Tenino)

Contact Bonnie Wood at 360-943-4612 with questions.

Apr. 9
(Thurs)
 
BHAS Field Trip to Olympic Peninsula

Black Hills Audubon is organizing a group to go to the Olympic Peninsula to synchronize with the Olympic Birdfest, April 10-12, 2015.

The Olympic Peninsula is home to many birding hotspots on the Great Washington State Birding Trail and many Important Bird Areas (IBAs). The northeast Olympia Peninsula is also an easy jumping-off point to Olympic National Park, the San Juans, and Vancouver Island and Victoria.

Our (tentative) plan is to caravan up to the Peninsula on Thursday, April 9, stopping to bird at sites along the Hood Canal on the way. BHAS will host a reception on Thursday night for BHAS members and their friends. On Friday, the festival's field trips begin: there are a plethora of field trips to choose from, led by local birding experts. See www.olympicbirdfest.org for the full schedule of events and to register. Many of the field trips do have a fee; these proceeds go to support the education programs at the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

Sam Merrill and Bob Wadsworth will be our own leaders as we wend our way north. Birders of all levels are welcome to join us.

Choose and arrange your own lodging plans—Port Townsend, Sequim, and Port Angeles have myriad lodging options. Good detailed information about lodging, the festival's field trips, and other offerings is on the Internet and the Olympic Birdfest website, www.olympicbirdfest.org .

If you are interested in this trip, please contact Bonnie Wood at 360-943-4612 or bwood2800@gmail.com , so we can get a sense of numbers. If you leave a message, please leave your phone number and e-mail address. I will get back to you promptly with details about where and when to meet and other information. (Plans are not yet concrete.) Thanks!

Apr. 10 -12
(Fri-Sun)
 
Event:   Olympic Peninsula Birdfest
Location: Sequim, Washington

This festival provides opportunities to see birds normally seen on the Olympic Peninsula, which includes many locations on the Great Washington State Birding Trail and IBAs (Important Bird Areas). Field trips are planned to Sequim Bay, Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, Dungeness Spit, the Elwa River, Salt Creek, and Neah Bay. Boat trips to Protection Island are also planned. For full information about the festival, go to www.olympicbirdfest.org.

Black Hills Audubon hopes to organize a group to go up to the Peninsula on Thursday, stopping to bird along the way. Black Hills Audubon will host a reception on Thursday night. See previous listing on this page about the BHAS Field Trip to Birdfest.

Apr. 17 (Fri.)

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Black Hills Book Discussion Group

The discussion of the first book (The Sixth Extinction) went so well, we are continuing to read and discuss books of note to our members.

In April, we will discuss The Human Age by Diane Ackerman. Read it by April 17th so you can come discuss it with us.

We will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Deb Nickerson’s house. Contact her at debranick@gmail.com  if you have questions.

Apr. 25 (Sat)

8:30 a.m.
 

BHAS Field Trip:   Twin Rivers Ranch
Leaders: Whittier Johnson and Capitol Land Trust's Mike Leigh

Black Hills Audubon and Capitol Land Trust are pleased to offer their members a joint field trip to one of Capitol Land Trust's properties, Twin Rivers Ranch. This property in Shelton, on Oakland Bay, provides open saltwater, wetland, estuarine, riparian, forested, and open field habitat for an incredible variety of birds: waterfowl, shorebirds, and over 83 species of land-birds.

Expect to be at Twin Rivers Ranch for the morning. Expect the drive to Twin Rivers Ranch to take a good 45 minutes from Olympia. Dress for the weather and bring water and snacks as needed.

To reach Twin Rivers Ranch, take US 101 towards Shelton and then the exit for Highway 3 (S.E. Olympic Highway South) toward Shelton/Bremerton. Continue on Highway 3 through downtown Shelton and along Oakland Bay for about six miles. Twin Rivers ranch will be on your right just after Ecler Road. Look for a white CLT EVENT sign on the road. (Google map directions are at http://goo.gl/maps/DWZUO .)
Follow the driveway over the bridge, past the house, and park by the barn.

Apr. 29 (Wed.)

5:00 pm

BHAS Event:     Birds and Beer (Shelton)
                  
(Last Wednesday of each month at 5 pm)

Meet other birders from Mason County or those who happen to be in the area. Discuss good places to bird and the interesting birds you have sighted recently. Have a beverage and/or a bite to eat with us.

Come ready to share where and why you go birding in a particular spot. People new to our area will benefit from your knowledge. 

Please note time:  5 pm.

Location:  Location is changing. Please contact Norma at 426-1051 until we settle on a new location.                 

Apr. 30 (Thur.)

6:30 - 8:00 P.M.

BHAS Audubon Outreach Committee Meeting

Audubon Outreach welcomes new members, creates opportunities to bird and socialize together, assists with chapter projects and events, and organizes educational experiences for Thurston, Lewis, and Mason counties.

By volunteering alongside others we get to know each other better.

  1. Help with Annual Dinner in March of each year
  2. Come to First Saturday Birding and Breakfast and answer questions about Black Hills Audubon
  3. Greet or bring refreshments at a Program meeting on the 2nd Thursday of the month
  4. Staff a table with Audubon materials and answer questions about Black Hills Audubon at local events
  5. Post birding events on website event calendars of local radio stations, newspapers, Chamber of Commerce and others.
  6. Post Birding and Breakfast and Birding and Beer posters at local libraries and businesses.

Location: Deb Nickerson's home.  Please email debranick@gmail for directions.

Newcomers are welcome!

Audubon Outreach meets the last Thursday of September, January, and April.
Contact Black Hills Audubon Society at 360-352-7299 for location of future meetings.

May 1-3 
(Fri Sun)
 
Event:   Grays Harbor Shorebird Festival 2015
Location: Hoquiam, Washington

Each spring, hundreds of thousands of shorebirds stop to rest and feed in Grays Harbor estuary on their migration northward. Coming from as far south as Argentina, these Arctic-bound shorebirds are among the world's greatest migrants. Some birds travel over 15,000 miles round trip! Tens of thousands of shorebirds feed on the open mudflats in the estuary. This concentration of birds offers people a great chance to view a number of shorebird species, and with luck, to see the birds fly together in beautiful formations while trying to escape the fastest creature on earth, the Peregrine Falcon. For full information about festival events, see www.shorebirdfestival.com.

At Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge (GHNWR), shorebirds can be viewed best during the period about two hours before high tide to two hours after. During high tide, birds are closer and more concentrated for better viewing. The peak in migration typically occurs the last week in April. Best viewing times at GHNWR during the 2015 festival are:
High tide Best viewing
Friday, May 1 12:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 1:20 p.m. 11:20 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Sunday, May 3 2:00 p.m. 12 noon - 4 p.m.

NOTE: Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.

How to Contact Us:


Mailing Address
:                                         
BHAS By-laws (last revised: Nov. 2013)
Black Hills Audubon Society                             
PO Box 2524
Olympia, WA 98507

Phone: (360) 352-7299
Messages are welcome!

Contact information and BHAS Board Members for fiscal year June 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015: 

General BHAS Information

Elected Officers:

BHAS President:
    Deb Nickerson............................ 360-754-5397
                                      pres@blackhills-audubon

Vice-President:
    Elizabeth Rodrick .........................360-866-9797
                          vice-pres@blackhills-audubon.org

Treasurer:
    Susan Markey..............................360-438-5663
                           treasurer@blackhills-audubon.org
Secretary:
    Tracey Scalici....secretary@blackhills-audubon.orgg

 

Members at Large:

Margery Beeler, Deb Jaqua, Leslie Lynam, Craig Merkel, Sam Merrill, Paul Moody, Mary Russell, Kris Schoyen, Anne Van Sweringen, and Bob Wadsworth.

Committee Chairs (may be on the Board):

Conservation Chair:
    Sam Merrill.................................360-866-8839
                                    sammerrill3@comcast.net

Echo Newsletter Editor: 
    Burt Guttman ............. guttmanb@evergreen.edu 
 

Echo Newsletter Layout:
    Jim Wilson.................... jdwilson61@comcast.net

Education Chair:
    Mary Russell.................... greenbird321@msn.com                                             
                                                 
Field Trips Chair:
    Bonnie Wood................ bwood2800@g.mail.com

Hospitality/Outreach Chair:
    Leslie Lynam......................please leave message
                                           (360) 352-7299

Membership Chair:
    Margery Beeler............................360-352-5437
                                         mswampcat@aol.com

Programs Chair:
    Kris Schoyen.............................. 360-754-1710
                                        krisschoyen@gmail.com

Publications Chair & Webmaster:
    Deb Jaqua ................................ 360-491-3325
                                                       Webmaster

 

Sign up for BHAS Alerts by sending an email to the Webmaster. We will then send you an invitation that you will need to confirm (so that someone else doesn't "accidentally" sign you up!)

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Conservation

Local Conservation efforts in Lewis, Mason, or Thurston counties.  (See also the Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award.)  This includes efforts to protect Marbled Murrelets.

State Conservation efforts.  Read about issues involving birds, other wildlife, and their habitats at the state level. 

National Action Alerts.  The National Audubon Society has set up this special Web site to give you an easy and convenient way to communicate with your lawmakers and newspapers on national conservation issues that impact birds, wildlife and our shared environment. Remember, your letters will make a difference -- so take action today!

Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award.  The Jack Davis Conservationist of the Year Award is normally presented yearly.

 

Education Programs

The Education Committee has been busy creating well-attendedAnimated crane picture birding classes, helping schools get students out into nature with the Board the Bus grant, and promoting Audubon Adventures.

In 2009, BHAS awarded its first Dave McNett Environmental Educator of the Year Award, honoring long-time volunteer Dave McNett.

Learn more....

 

Book Store

Black Hills Audubon Society receives 4% of every purchase from this page to support our conservation program and other goals. Our prices are exactly the same as Amazon.com! All purchases are managed by Amazon.com. Use the search link below to make all of your Amazon.com purchases, or go to our book store page for selected items.

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 Wildlife Checklists

Butterflies in Lewis, Mason, and Thurston Counties (30Kb Word file).

Wildlife and Habitat info for Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, including:

 

COASST  


Ever see a dead bird on a beach and wonder why it succumbed?  Would you like to help scientists find out why?

COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) is a citizen science project based at the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences in partnership with local community and environmental organizations, and state and federal agencies. COASST volunteers collect data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the baseline, or 'normal' pattern of beached bird mortality on North Pacific beaches. Baselines are crucial for assessing the impacts of oil spills, fisheries, and climate change. Data collection by COASST volunteers helps address important marine conservation issues and protects marine resources.

Lists of COASST trainings and more information about COASST are posted on their website at http://www.coasst.org.  From the main page, click on What's New. Then click on the Training Sessions tab.

 

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