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...

http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article183395036.html

Hadn't seen anyone post it yet so thought I'd send it out. Thanks to
everyone involved in the survey and work.

*Nadine Drisseq*
*Biologist, *
*Bear Smart WA*
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