Beach watcher training offered this weekend

People can make a difference for the environment by helping to collect data on dead birds found along local beaches. The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free training sessions for beach walkers this weekend. (File photo)

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver two free training sessions for beach walkers in the community. The first session will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 7, in Lincoln City, and the second will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8, in Florence.

COASST participants help make a difference for the environment by collecting data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the baseline pattern of beached bird mortality on North Pacific beaches.

Through an interactive, hands-on workshop, trainees will become acquainted the custom COASST field guide, Beached Birds, and have a chance to try out their newly acquired identification skills on seabird species common to the North Pacific. The COASST training provides participants with the tools to monitor for potential changes in the marine environment and promote stewardship of local marine resources.

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 800 volunteers survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

The training session in Lincoln City will be held at Driftwood Public Library, and the training session in Florence will be at Florence Senior Center. There will be a short break in the middle of the session for lunch, so those attending should bring a sack lunch or money to purchase food in the area. Volunteers need no prior experience with scientific data collection, just a commitment to survey a specific beach at least once a month.

Reserve your training spot by calling COASST at 206-221-6893 or by emailing [email protected] For more information on COASST, visit


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