Beached Bird Survey Training Lite

July 10, 2022 - 9:30 AM
Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team


The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) organizes a beached bird survey throughout the West Coast. CoastWatch is COASST’s Oregon partner. Participants in the survey (many of them also CoastWatchers) help make a difference for the environment by collecting 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.

On Sunday, July 10, beginning at 9:30 a.m., an online “COASSTLite” training will be offered, intended specifically for southern Oregon coast residents who think they might be interested in volunteering. Those interested in volunteering who live elsewhere on the coast or inland are asked to contact COASST to find out when the next training session will take place in their area.  (Note separate listings in this section for full, in-person trainings July 16 in Brookings and July 17 in Coos Bay.)

To register for this event, go here.

Beached bird survey volunteers at work.
Beached bird survey volunteers at work.\Photo courtesy of COASST.

COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental organizations like Oregon Shores/CoastWatch, 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, nearly 1000 participants survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

Participants need no prior experience with scientific data collection, just a commitment to survey a specific beach at least once a month.

For more information, contact COASST at (206) 221-6893 or [email protected].