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Puget Sound Seabird Survey

Birdwatchers gather data on wintering seabirds in Puget Sound.

Puget Sound Seabird Survey

Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) is a citizen-science survey organized by Seattle Audubon since the fall of 2007. PSSS empowers volunteer birdwatchers to gather valuable data on wintering seabird populations in Puget Sound. Over sixty sites are surveyed in central and south Puget Sound (Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, and Thurston counties). All survey sites are visited within the same four-hour window on the first Saturday of each month (Oct-Apr), thus taking a synchronized "snapshot" of seabird densities on nearly 5 square miles of near-shore salt water (that's 2,200 football fields!). It is the only land-based, multi-month survey in central or south Puget Sound and it's 100% citizen science!



Topic - waterfowl, loons, grebes, comorants, gulls/terns, alcids

Audience - birdwatchers (beginner to expert)

Location - Puget Sound

Goals - research



Seattle Audubon Society

Tahoma Audubon Society



Adam Sedgley, Science Manager, Seattle Audubon email Adam

  206-523-8243 x21

Krystal Kyer, Conservation Coordinator, Tahoma Audubon email Krystal


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