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Stellwagen Sanctuary Seabird Stewards

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, in collaboration with Mass Audubon, is expanding their study of seabirds in the sanctuary. Our goals are threefold: to systematically collect baseline data on seabirds within sanctuary boundaries to compare populations over time; to educate the public about seabirds and connect residents with their sanctuary; and to train a group of observers to join our scientists in this groundbreaking project. The resulting data will be used to compare relative abundance of seabirds over time--to help us understand populations within the sanctuary and their possible impacts on local ecosystems and as a barometer for other changes in the environment. Staff and volunteers of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary conduct an annual National Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) with Mass Audubon each year, following a scientific protocol to track bird populations and behavior for a day. However, in order to truly understand these birds, we need to track them more often at home at sea. Mass Audubon has advised that, in addition to the CBC, we move toward at least five cruises per year on the Auk, plus regular trips on vessels of opportunity. Our valued volunteers can help us achieve this goal and help us communicate the status and importance of seabirds to the public.

Project URL: http://stellwagen.noaa.gov/involved/vol_facts.html

Geographic Scope: Local

Project Status: Active

Participation Tasks: Annotation, Audio or video recording, Classification or tagging, Data analysis, Data entry, Finding entities, Identification, Observation, Photography,

Start Date: 2011-05-09

Project Contact: anne-marie.runfola@noaa.gov

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Fields of Science: Animals, Biology, Birds, Ecology and environment, Education, Nature and outdoors, Ocean/water and marine,

Intended Outcomes: Research development, Civic and community, Individual learning, Conservation,