[CT Birds] Menunkatuck Hosting SEANET Beached Bird Workshop August 29

Dennis Riordan driordan at snet.net
Thu Aug 22 13:58:43 EDT 2013

We invite you to participate in in SEANET, Menunkatuck’s newest citizen science project. Menunkatuck is coordinating the SEANET surveys in south-central Connecticut from West Haven through Madison. However, if you live outside that area, you are welcome to join us.

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

SEANET was initiated by the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine and has expanded to Atlantic coast beaches from New England to Florida.

SEANET volunteers conduct year-round 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 can help to detect mass mortality events due to oil spills, algal toxins, plastic ingestion, 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.

We will be hosting a SEANET information and training session on Thursday, August 29, at 6:30 in the Hagaman Memorial Library in East Haven. Sarah Courschesne, SEANET Project Director, will describe the protocol for SEANET surveys and attendees will have the hands-on opportunity to practice data collection.

For more information about SEANET visit http://www.tufts.edu/vet/seanet/.

If you will be attending the SEANET training on August 29, please email Dennis Riordan at driordan at snet.net with your RSVP.

Dennis Riordan

Menunkatuck Audubon Society

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