Dewees Island is participating in a marine bird survey through the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET). This citizen science program brings together researchers and the public in an effort to identify and mitigate threats to marine birds. Volunteers conduct year-round beached bird surveys in order to identify and record information about mortality along the east coast of the US. These surveys provide baseline information about bird mortality and can help to detect mass mortality events. Surveys also provide data on population trends of marine birds which can serve as indicators of ecosystem and human health.
Surveys are conducted twice a month. Surveys consist of walking the entire beach from Velvet Creek to the breakwall along Dewees Inlet on an outgoing tide looking for dead and/or injured birds. If you would like to become a Dewees Island SEANET volunteer please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org indicating your interest.
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