Date: 11/8/17 5:17 pm From: Nadine Drisseq <bearsmartwa...> Subject: [Tweeters] Volunteers track dead birds as indicator of coast's health
Found this through Google News: OCEAN SHORES, WASH.
Barbara Patton scans the expansive beach on Washington's outer coast looking for telltale signs of dead seabirds: a feather sticking straight up, dark colors in the sand, unusual seaweed clumps that could mask a carcass.
Minutes into the nearly mile-long walk near her Ocean Shores home, she and her husband, Mike, encounter the first of three birds they'll find that morning.
Experience tells them it's a common murre. But the retired volunteers work through a protocol to identify the species: Eyes gone. Breast eaten. Feet pliable. They measure the wing, bill and other body parts, and photograph the bird, front and back...