Join us for an evening of enjoyment and education with Julia K. Parrish, Professor of Ocean Fishery Sciences, and Associate Dean of the College of the Environment at the University of Washington. Julia’s talk will focus on the role that her organization, Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST), plays in assessing the effects of a changing climate on seabird populations.
COASST is a 19 year old citizen science program housed at the University of Washington, that collects, analyzes, and communicates data on beached bird identity, abundance, and condition. As part of this program, thousands of residents from California to Alaska have diligently collected data on beachcast marine birds on a monthly basis. This program led to the discovery of seven mass mortality events of seabirds between 2014 and 2018 that were linked to unusually warm water conditions in the North Pacific.
During the presentation, Julia will further discuss how COASST data have been used to assess the impacts of climate change and empower thousands of coastal residents to participate in science and conservation.
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Program Begins: 7:00pm
Reservations and tickets are not required for this free event.