Volunteer Training with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST)

Beachwalkers wanted!

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) invites you to join our team of beach surveyors.
COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups. COASST believes citizens of coastal communities are essential scientific partners in monitoring marine ecosystem health. By collaborating with citizens, natural resource management agencies and environmental organizations, COASST works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions.  Currently, nearly 1000 volunteers survey beaches monthly in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.
COASST Beached Bird participants collect data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the baseline pattern of bird mortality on North Pacific beaches. Data collected helps address important marine conservation issues and protect marine resources. 
COASST Marine Debris participants collect data on the characteristics and location of debris—data that will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris, as well as the potential harm to people, wildlife, and local coastal ecosystems. 
If you are interested in participating in one of our programs, you can visit our website to learn more about COASST, and join us at one of our training sessions:
Beached Birds
Saturday July 6th, 2019
Marine Debris
Sunday July 7th, 2019
Fishery Sciences Building – Room 203
1122 NE Boat St
Seattle, WA 98105
Training activities take place indoors. There is no charge to attend, but we ask participants to provide a $20 refundable deposit to take home a COASST survey toolkit. Attendees should plan to bring lunch for our mid-day break.
Please RSVP to coasst@uw.edu or 206-221-6893. If you are unable to attend, please email us to let us know that you’d like to be contacted about future trainings near you.
We hope you can join us!