The North Coast Seabird Protection Network (NCSPN) hopes to engage seabird citizen scientists in a monitoring effort that is very simple yet informative. Data collection at 8 locations in the Trinidad area will help inform scientists about seabird use of the rocks and seas around Trinidad, and allow for comparisons between citizen scientist data and more typical data.
Seabird citizen scientists will also help identify seabird disturbance events. Seabirds are extremely vulnerable to human disturbance events, often flushing from their nests exposing their eggs or chicks to predators and after repeated disturbance events seabirds can abandon their nests or chicks, with severe disturbance events causing entire seabird colonies to abandon their nests and chicks. Little is known about the impacts of human activity on seabirds around Trinidad.
The data collected as part of this project will be used to:
- Assess how seabirds respond to the dynamic marine environment and change over time
- Assess human disturbance impacts on seabirds
- Compare "citizen science" data with "professionally collected" data, or cross-validation
If you are interested in volunteering please visit the participate tab on this site and sign up to start surveys! Your input is valuable!
Our field protocol is simple:
- Stand at one of our sites in the beautiful Trinidad Head area during any time of year or day (although it will probably be easier in the morning hours)
- Count the birds you see, identifying them to species as best you can
- Record them on one of our data forms in their corresponding locations.
You're out there, and maybe you see a bird you can't identify... need resources for identifying seabirds?
- There are 10 common seabirds we are studying:
- Pelagic Cormorant
- Double-crested Cormorant
- Brandt's Cormorant
- Common Murre
- Pigeon Guillemot
- Western Gull
- Black Oystercatcher
- Tufted Puffin
- Rhinoceros Auklet
- Marbled Murrelet
- Excellent resources for bird identification are available on the web:
Now you've collected data - what do you do with it?
- Enter data online!
- Photograph or scan data forms to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send or mail data forms to: NCSPN seabird biologist, BLM Arcata Field Office, 1695 Heindon Rd, Arcata, CA 95521