Puget Sound Seabird Survey – Seattle Audubon’s Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) is a citizen-science survey where volunteer birdwatchers gather data on seabird populations. In late 2012, Seattle Audubon was awarded an 18 month grant for expanding their PSSS to include additional sites along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and on Whidbey Island. The PSSS Expansion will survey seabird populations from Cape Flattery east to Admiralty Inlet and north to Deception Pass. This geographic area is at high risk of large and catastrophic oil spills and there is limited biological data on the birds that would be most impacted in the event of a spill. The Washington State funding will support collection of baseline data on seabird populations in areas at higher risk of a major oil spill. The grant will also support additional training for PSSS volunteers to conduct early on-scene reconnaissance in the event of an actual oil spill.
OPAS has recruited over a dozen volunteers that have already participated in one of two training sessions held in June, 2013 at Port Williams beach. The surveys take place the first Saturday of each month at or near high tide from Clallam County locations of Diamond Point in the east to Cape Flattery in the west. All data from this survey will be available online along with more information on the Seattle Audubon website.