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What is COASST?. COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups.
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What is COASST? • COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups. • Volunteers survey beaches monthly in several states using beach-cast bird carcasses as environmental indicators. • Volunteers also collect data on oil, dogs, humans and vehicles on beaches.
Vital Stats In the High-Risk Area (North of Admiralty Inlet, East of Cape Flattery, West of Deception Pass) • 80 volunteers • 128 beaches • 140 km of coastline (86 mi) • 80 birds found in 2012 In Washington (greater Puget Sound, Hood Canal, San Juan Islands and outer coast) • 220 volunteers • 377 beaches • 458 km of coastline (222 mi) • 2,032 birds found in 2012
Who is COASST? Dr. Julia Parrish Executive Director Charlie Wright Data Verifier Jane Dolliver Program Coordinator Liz Mack Volunteer Coordinator Heidi Pedersen Volunteer Coordinator North Coast & Strait Student Interns
How Does COASST Work? Volunteers collect data Climate impacts in the PNW Fishery bycatch baseline in the Salish Sea (w/ WDFW, CWS) Volunteers enter data online Volunteers mail data to UW for online entry Early warning for avian influenza (w/ WDFW) UW verifies ALL data Oil spill baseline (w/ NOAA) www.coasst.org COASST Reports Special projects & data requests Remote community involvement (w/ AK Sea Grant) Western grebe population genetics (w/ PRBO Conservation Science)
Project Timeline • 2 COASST staff trained as HAZWOPER trainers • 300 COASST oil spill protocols produced • 4 HAZWOPER/EOSR trainings • 100 Participants trained in early on-scene reconnaissance (EOSR) • 100 Participants 8-hour HAZWOPER trained • Resource report and NWAC presentation