Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Science section includes Seafloor Mapping, Oceanography, Deep Sea Coral and Sponges, Wildlife Research, Coastal Habitats, Citizen Science, Ecosystem Processes, Research Surveys, and Research Assets

Pelagic Bird Surveys in June and July 2011

NOAA R/V Tatoosh Pelagic Marine Bird Surveys in 2011
Liam Antrim, PI, and volunteers
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary

Pelagic Seabird Survey 2011 Trip Results (60kb pdf)

Seabird observation transect Since 2006, sanctuary researchers have conducted monthly surveys from May through September in sanctuary waters that can be accomplished using the sanctuary's own research vessel the R/V Tatoosh. These surveys are providing insight into how species composition changes through the upwelling season and areas within the sanctuary that may prove consistently important to seabirds.

During the 2011 summer season, surveys were completed in June and July along the 150 km long survey transect that follows a box transect originating in La Push, traversing the Juan de Fuca Canyon, returning to Cape Alava and along the coast back to La Push. Volunteer bird experts observed a total of 10,838 seabirds (on transect) on the two successful surveys this season, with the highest single species count of 4,121 Northern Fulmar on July 25, 2011. A total of 31 species were identified, with the dominate species observed including Northern Fulmar, Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater and Fork-tailed Storm Petrel. A rare sighting of the Manx Shearwater was also documented.

OCNMS researchers recruit and coordinate seabird identification experts, enter data during surveys and maintain the database. A lack of available expert observers, unsuitable viewing conditions and vessel propulsion problems precluded surveys in May, August and September, respectively.



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