Marine Biology students participating in a survey with COASST staff and volunteers encountered the first snowy owl to be found on a COASST beach!
Thanks to volunteer Kathy Linnell a COASST informational poster earned first prize at the Washington State Garden Show. Other contestants submitted posters on urban chickens, bird house building and blue herons. Way to go Kathy!
The Seabird Youth Network is an amazing partnership between schools, tribal government and the scientific community on the Pribilof Islands of Alaska. Their site profiles local seabirds and presents easy to follow lesson plans for teachers to use in the classroom. It looks like a lot of fun to me! Great job seabird youth network!
Do you take your dog along with you on your survey? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts on surveying with man’s best friend! Olli sure loves it when his furry buddy helps him to dig up some fun on his surveys!
We wanted to share a couple of great new features on our website, aimed to link COASSTers together and all of you to us:
We’ve started a blog! Here we’ll highlight seabirds in the news, wrecks and wreck warnings, trainings, socials, talks, and the happenings in the COASST office. On the right hand side, you can search for areas that interest you, or by popular subject using “tags” below. You can access it through the COASST website ‘Volunteer Toolbox’ section or by clicking this link:
The blog features similar content for those of you not already connected through our public Facebook page:
Through this feature, you can chat directly with COASST staff during normal business hours (~9am-5pm, weekdays). Access this link by going to the COASST website (http://www.coasst.org) and clicking ‘Live Chat’ in the lower right corner of the screen. Just type your name, email address, and question or issue and we’ll respond! We’re hoping this provides quick answers to short survey or online data entry questions.
Thanks to Peder for helping us daylight these new additions.
Julia, Jane, Charlie, Heidi, Liz, Leslie, and Peder (intern extraordinaire)