Hundreds of citizens in five states seek out dead bird carcasses as volunteers for Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, a University of Washington-based nonprofit which conducts a beached bird survey.

A slide talk on beached birds, citizen-based science and COASST, will be presented at Clatsop Community College from 10 a.m. to noon May 16, in Patriot Hall, Room 322. The free public event is being hosted by the CoastWatch program, which serves as COASST's Oregon partner, and the Encore senior education program at Clatsop.

The presenter will be Jane Dolliver, volunteer coordinator for COASST. A recent graduate of the conservation biology and ecology program at the University of Washington, she has studied shearwaters off the coast of Chile and common murres off Washington, when not organizing volunteers under the direction of Julia Parrish, COASST's founder.

The program recently received a grant to do more intensive surveying in Clatsop and northern Tillamook counties, along with Pacific County, Wash., so a significant number of new volunteers will be needed by this fall. Dolliver's talk will describe seabird ecology and how citizens can aid scientists in studying bird populations and through them, the health of the ocean. She will also describe the new local project and the new volunteer opportunities. Those unable to attend the presentation, but interested in volunteering, can contact her at (206) 221-6893,

CoastWatch Director Phillip Johnson will also discuss his program briefly. CoastWatch is a project of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, through which volunteers adopt one-mile segments of the shoreline and keep watch both for short-term impacts and long-term changes. Dozens of CoastWatch volunteers participate in COASST's beached bird survey at sites along the Oregon Coast. For more information about CoastWatch, contact Johnson at (503) 238-4450, (

Co-host is the Encore (Exploring New Concepts of Retirement Education) program at CCC, which offers classes and educational experiences to seniors.

For more information about Encorepresentation, contact Jackie Branch, at 325-2281 or (


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