Whidbey Audubon Society will join Seattle Audubon this year to participate in the Puget Sound seabird survey. Both Audubon chapters need citizen science volunteers for monthly bird surveys on Whidbey Island.
The surveys take place on the first Saturday of each month and last for 30 minutes. The first survey is scheduled for July 6. Each survey site has at least two trained volunteers to help gather data on seabird populations. Volunteers must be confident in their ability to identify seabirds.
There are seven monitoring sites on Whidbey Island: Deception Pass State Park, Moran Beach, Joseph Whidbey State Park, West Beach, West Hastie Lake Road, Libby Beach County Park and Fort Casey State Park.
For more information, contact Whidbey Audubon President Ann Casey at firstname.lastname@example.org or Seattle Audubon’s Science Manager Toby Ross at email@example.com or go to www.seattleaudubon.org/sas/WhatWeDo/Science/CitizenScience.aspx and follow the link to the Puget Sound seabird survey.
The survey data provides a snapshot of seabird diversity and abundance on more then 2,400 acres of near shore saltwater habitat. This information will aid government agencies in directing appropriate resources in the event of a major spill. Additional training on how to identify and monitor oil in the event of a spill will be provided.