The Pigeon Guillemot is a charismatic little seabird that comes to Whidbey Island every year to breed and lay its eggs. Though many people often mistake it for a black duck, the guillemot is more closely related to a puffin. It is an oceanic species that comes to land only to breed, and it is better at swimming than flying.
The Guillemot Research Group is an ongoing citizen science project that started on Whidbey Island and is spreading across the Puget Sound. As an indicator species for the Sound, the Pigeon Guillemot plays an important role in helping us understand what is happening in our waters and along our shores, and how it may be affecting our local wildlife.
We are excited to announce that we now are working with researchers at the University of Washington, and they have helped us find even more ways of monitoring our beaches for effective long-term data collection.
Learn more at http://www.pigeonguillemot.org/ or see our data collection at http://pigeonguillemotdata.org/