Would you like to participate in the largest citizen science-driven seabird census in the Pacific Northwest?!
The new season of Seattle Audubon’s landmark Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) kicks off on October 1st, 2016, and we are currently recruiting enthusiastic, skilled, and dedicated volunteers to help us monitor the status of our local wintering seabirds. This truly regional effort provides a significant data set on marine bird populations from the south end of Puget Sound all the way across the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Your work will strengthen Seattle Audubon’s bird census database and serve as a foundation to support the implementation of new strategic plan, Seattle Audubon 20/20, during our organization’s 100th anniversary year.
Volunteers should be able to identify Puget Sound’s seabird species and be available on the first Saturday of each month, October through April, to conduct a 30-minute seabird survey. Training on survey methodology will be offered at numerous locations in September. If determining between Eared and Horned Grebe is a challenge, we’ll team you up with more knowledgeable surveyors. If you love birding and want to help ensure we’re doing all that we can to support Puget Sound’s seabird populations, this is your opportunity to make a lasting contribution to Seattle Audubon’s work in our second century of conservation achievements.
Training will run from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm on September 25th and will take place at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center. Here is a map to help find the location. Depending on the weather we will either use one of the classrooms at the Center or preferably utilize one of the picnic benches next to the parking lot for the center. People should dress for the weather as ideally we will conduct the training outside. The training is for those who have confirmed their participation in the Puget Sound Seabird Survey, but others interested are welcome to attend to see what the survey entails.