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Seabird Ecological Assessment Network

The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) is a citizen science program that brings together interdisciplinary researchers and members of the public in a long-term collaborative effort to identify and mitigate threats to marine birds. SEANET was initiated by the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, in collaboration with the Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies in Massachusetts, during Autumn 2002. Since this time, the project has expanded to beaches throughout New England, New York and New Jersey and more recently, to the southeastern US, with beaches in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. SEANET volunteers conduct year-round beached bird surveys in order to identify and record information about bird mortality along the east coast of the United States. Data collected by hundreds of SEANET volunteers are used to examine the spatial pattern of bird carcass deposition and how it varies across time. These surveys provide baseline information about bird mortality and can help to detect mass mortality events due to oil spills, algal toxins, and disease outbreaks. Marine birds can serve as indicators of ecosystem and human health; monitoring the threats they face and their mortality patterns can teach us about the health of the marine environment.

Project URL: http://vet.tufts.edu/seanet/

Geographic Scope: United States Atlantic coastline including New England, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida

Project Status: Active -recruiting volunteers

Participation Tasks: Classification or tagging, Identification, Observation, Photography, Site selection and/or description,

Start Date: 2002

Project Contact: julie.ellis@tufts.edu

Federal Government Sponsor:

USGS logo Fish and Wildlife Service logo NPS logo

Other Federal Government Sponsor:

Name of Nonfederal Sponsors: Friends of Casco Bay, Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Lloyd Center for the Environment, Maine Audubon, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Tufts University, Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, Tufts Institute of the Environment, Cornell University, City University of New York, New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Fields of Science: Animals, Birds, Disaster response, Ecology and environment, Health and medicine, Nature and outdoors, Ocean/water and marine,

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