SEANET needs Volunteers

Do you ENJOY WALKING ON THE BEACH? Are you interested in learning more about the marine environment and beaches in your area and contributing to a large, coordinated bird monitoring project?

Become a SEANET Volunteer

The SEANET program has been awarded a grant to expand its network into the Carolinas. The baseline data collected will permit better detection of bird mortalities and/or other impacts to birds in the nearshore and offshore environments off the South Carolina coast and help establish a bird mortality baseline for our beaches. You can help by joining SEANET and walking a segment of South Carolina’s beaches of your choosing once or twice a month collecting data on environmental conditions, beach debris and both dead and live bird sightings. SEANET is the only program conducting standardized beached bird monitoring on the Atlantic coast of the United States. The reports submitted by SEANET volunteers are the backbone of this effort. No scientific background or special training is required, just a desire to help South Carolina’s marine ecosystems!

A workshop is planned for June 13, 2013 with SEANET Project Coordinator Dr. Sarah Courchesne to hear all about the SEANET Program and how you can get involved. SEANET will provide you with all the supplies you will need to get started.

Where: The Sewee Visitor and Environmental Education Center, 5821 Hwy. 17 North, Awendaw,SC, 29429 from 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. Refreshments will be served.

For more information or to reserve your spot at the workshop, please R.S.V.P by June 5th to Jennifer_Koches@fws.gov at (843)727-4707 ext. 214 or Craig_Watson@fws.gov at (843)727-4707 ext. 304

The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) is a citizen science program that brings together interdisciplinary researchers and citizen scientists in a long-term collaborative effort to identify and mitigate threats to marine birds.

SEANET volunteers conduct beached bird surveys in order to identify and record information about bird mortality along the east coast of the United States. Data collected by hundreds of SEANET volunteers are used to examine the spatial pattern of bird carcass deposition and how it varies across time.

These surveys provide baseline information about bird mortality and help to detect mass mortality events such as oil spills, algal toxins, and disease outbreaks. Marine birds can serve as indicators of ecosystem and human health; monitoring the threats they face and their mortality patterns can teach us about the health of the marine environment.

For more information on SEANET’s work you can visit the seanet blog. blog at http://seanetters.wordpress.com.