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A.13 On an Incoming Tide: Seabirds, Marine Debris, and Citizen ScienceErika Frost

Photo of Two citizen scientists collecting data on a beached birdWhat can we learn from what washes in to local beaches?

What can beached birds tell us about the marine environment?

What can the characteristics of a piece of marine debris tell us about its potential impacts?

In this session, we'll take a look at beached bird and marine debris data from the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), a program based at the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups.

More than 800 COASST participants collect data on local beaches from California to Alaska, covering about 600 km of coastline each month. photo of Car Tire on a Beach

What do they see in Washington? How does the deposition rate of seabirds vary between relatively sheltered waters in the Puget Sound and more exposed beaches along the Pacific Coast? What marine debris washes in, where does it come from, and what characteristics make it harmful?

Come find out how local citizens are contributing valuable scientific data to one of the Salish Sea’s largest citizen science programs and how this contributes to our understanding of our local marine environment.

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