SEANET makes plans

5 02 2009

Our last day in South Carolina. Lest you northerners feel jealous, rest assured that it has been uncommonly cold down here and we have been walking around bundled up and shivering despite the ubiquitous palm trees. While here at the Atlantic Marine Bird Cooperative meeting, we have hit upon a number of ideas and potential future directions for SEANET. Perhaps the one of the most immediate interest is the potential involvement of National Wildlife Refuges up and down the eastern seaboard to serve as anchor points for SEANET’s beached bird survey program. These refuges are uniquely positioned to help, with stable staffing, access to miles of coastline and often a strong volunteer base. 

We have also been discussing the role and value of beached bird surveys in assessing the impacts of oil spills, and the potential impacts of proposed projects such as wind farms. The meeting has reiterated for us the utility and uniqueness of our program, as you Seanetters are the only beached bird survey game in town when it comes to the eastern seaboard of the US. So walk on, Seanetters!

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5 02 2009
Lydia Thompson

Glad to hear the role of National Wildlife refuges could play in SeaNet. Here along the Georgia coast a few of our barrier islands are National Wildlife Refuges. They belong to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge complex which is in part in South Carolina and in Georgia. Keep up the good work.

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