This week, I am racing around Appledore Island in Maine banding gulls and taking blood from them for an avian influenza survey, but I have a truly excellent opportunity to advertise to my more northern readership. New Englanders, take note of this!
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary and its partner, Mass Audubon, are looking to better understand the dynamics, roles and importance of seabirds within the ecosystem. We wish to establish a baseline for seabird populations within the sanctuary boundaries, educate the public about the important role that seabirds play within the ecological community and to train volunteers to conduct citizen science on behalf of the Stellwagen Sanctuary Seabird Stewards (S4) Program. The S4 Program is in its sophomore year and has been supported largely by volunteers that participate either aboard our research vessel or on whale watching trips.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we will be hosting two training events this month:
July 23rd at the Gloucester Maritime Center in Gloucester, MA
July 30th at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable, MA
During these trainings, we will go over the protocol followed for these research cruises and provide you with an overview of what the S4 Program is all about. People with excellent seabird identification abilities and field research experience are encouraged to attend!
If you would like more information please contact either Sarah or Anne-Marie at the following emails:
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Stellwagen Sanctuary Seabird Stewards Program