Join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) and help make a difference for the environment! COASST participants collect data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the baseline pattern of bird mortality on North Pacific beaches. Data collected helps address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources.

Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more—please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training.

When: SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 2018, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

Where: The Olympia Center, Meeting Room 101, 222 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501

RSVP: 206-221-6893, coasst@nulluw.edu

University of Washington School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences


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February 12, 2018BHAS Volunteer Staff – Bob Wadsworth

I monitor Purple Martins at the Boston Harbor marina, and last year I trained a dozen volunteers to monitor bird use of around 50 boxes installed on pilings. This year I worked mostly on my own to monitor the population again. I lead bird walks, especially in South Sound prairie; provide bird identification expertise at the monthly Birding and Breakfast outings; and collaborate with Olympia Stream Team to organize BHAS-led birding outings at Olympia city parks in the spring. As a BHAS Board member and a member of the LBA Woods leadership group, I worked on the effort to get the City of Olympia to purchase 160 acres for a park that was originally slated for housing. And I work on the project to monitor bird usage of a site near Lake Lawrence that is intended for development as a cell-tower site.


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January 15, 2018Volunteer to Help Clean the Nisqually River

The Washington Kayak Club, Washington Recreational River Runners, and the Paddle Trails Canoe Club are planning the first organized cleanup of the Nisqually River on April 21, 2018, the day before Earth Day 2018. Members of these organizations are working in collaboration with the Nisqually River Council on this event. They heartily invite BHAS members to help with this effort.

The emerging plan focuses on cleaning up two segments of the Nisqually River: McKenna Park to the City Light Yelm Hydro Plant, and Yelm Hydro Plant to the 6th Avenue SE WDFW Water Access Site. Organizers are considering expanding the cleanup through the Refuge if they can recruit sufficient boaters to assist with this effort. In that case, boaters will launch at the 6th Avenue SE WDFW Water Access Site or at Luhr’s Landing and then haul whatever they collect to Luhr’s Landing.

As there are few actual shoreline areas that are open to public access on the Nisqually River, the work of cleanup will be approached from the water. For safety reasons, the organizers are asking various recreational boating clubs to recruit volunteers sufficiently skilled and equipped to safely navigate the river. But just as crucial will be the need for help with event setup, registration and check-in, staffing...

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