Group offers to train beach monitors

February 16, 2014 

The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team will hold a volunteer training class Saturday.

COASST is a citizen science project that trains volunteers to look on area beaches for carcasses of marine birds. The work is done on a monthly basis to establish a baseline of bird mortality on the beaches.

Anyone can volunteer, and you do not need to be a bird expert, organizers said. Volunteers have to be willing to walk about a three-quarter-mile stretch of beach once a month.

The class will run from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 W. Chance a la Mer NW, Ocean Shores.

To find out more about COASST or to RSVP for the event, contact Erika Frost, volunteer coordinator, at 206-221-6893 or coasst@uw.edu. You also can learn more about the project at depts.washington.edu/coasst.

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