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COASST Training at Padilla Bay

July 30, 2022 @ 10:00 am 4:00 pm

COASST will be at Padilla Bay Interpretive Center Classroom in Mount Vernon for a Beached Birds and Large Debris training.

Beach-Walkers Wanted: attend this local training on a Saturday to learn to do combination monthly surveys of both marine debris and beached birds. Established in 1999, Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) is a citizen science project housed at the University of Washington and focused on the beach environment of the northeast Pacific. Since 1999, over 4,500 participants on more than 450 beaches spanning four states have contributed directly to monitoring their local marine resources and ecosystem health.

Through an interactive, hands-on workshop, trainees will become acquainted with COASST survey protocols, have a chance to learn more about the seabirds that live in their area, and learn about the effects of marine debris on sealife. The COASST training provides participants with the tools to monitor for potential changes in the marine environment and promote stewardship of local marine resources.

See also attached documents: news releaseposter

This is a great opportunity if you’re interested in doing combination monthly surveys of both marine debris and beached birds! You are welcome to attend, and if you know of anyone who would like to become involved in COASST please feel free to forward the following information:

July 30th, 2022: 10am – 4pm

Padilla Bay Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-Edison Rd Mount Vernon, WA 98273

Julia Parrish, professor at UW, is the founder of COASST. She is an inspiring teacher and passionate about the value of community/citizen science to advance research and understanding of our changing environment. Here are some of her recent talks. Julia Parrish is a professor in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and associate dean of the College of the Environment.