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AFE 2021: Die-off Alert Training – Seabird Mortality Event Reporting
June 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Coastal communities in Alaska are witnessing a changing marine environment, including rising ocean temperatures, shifting fisheries, and increases in disease and toxic algal blooms. COASST, BeringWatch, the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service have teamed up to work with coastal communities to track seabird die-offs in Alaska. Die-off Alert (DOA) is a way for community members throughout coastal Alaska to gather, record, share and learn information about seabird die-offs as they happen. This 1-hour training equips people to survey beaches, find carcasses, take photographs and document location. COASST reviews the photos to determine numbers and species. All information is returned to the affected communities.
IGAP coordinators can sign up for more information about incorporating DoA into their work plans at https://coasst.org/IGAP_info.
Jackie Lindsey, Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team