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COASST volunteers identify a beached bird in Washington. (COASST photo)
Barbara Blackie is a visiting biologist from Port Angeles, Washington, who will be leading a training session 10 AM – 4 PM Saturday, September, 15, at the Sitka Sound Science Center, for residents wishing to join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). Attendees are not obligated to participate in the program; those who do, however, will be helping biologists gather baseline data on seabird mortality.
For more information, visit COASST online.
There’s a new bird in town, and she’s a little shy. After a long career in education, she doesn’t have a lot of patience for the classroom. But for the right student, she still has plenty to teach. These days, she’s settling into a comfortable retirement, just off Sawmill Creek Road-- at the Alaska Raptor Center. more
Linda Behnken, the Executive Director of the Alaska Longline Fisherman's Association was joined by Tori O'Connell, the Research Director of the Sitka Sound Science Center, to provide an update on SEASWAP (The Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project). As O'Connell explains, the project just secured $311,000 in funding to continue research on a sperm whale avoidance network this fall. The avoidance network will tag whales in the Chatham Strait black cod fishery and give fisherman devices to communicate where the whales are located. Downloadable audio. more