Volunteers Needed for Seabird Monitoring

The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is an ongoing project assessing seabird mortality along the eastern seaboard of the United States.  SEANET needs volunteers to help monitoring seabirds on the coast!

Volunteers walk an assigned 1Km stretch of beach once or twice a month for at least a year, record environmental data, and report both dead and live birds seen on the beach.  These data are used to establish a baseline for unusual marine bird mortality events caused by natural (e.g., hurricanes) and human-induced events (e.g., oil spills). Monitoring seabirds can help us understand the overall health of an ecosystem and what it means for the animals and people who use the beach. SEANET data is entirely volunteer generated. If you are interested in either volunteering or helping get the word out about SEANET, contact:  seanet@tufts.edu or 508-887-4933 . For more information on SEANET’s work, visit http://seanetters.wordpress.com.

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