[Tweeters] Volunteers track dead birds as indicator of coast's health

Nadine Drisseq bearsmartwa at gmail.com
Wed Nov 8 17:13:47 PST 2017

Found this through Google News:

Barbara Patton scans the expansive beach on Washington's outer coast
looking for telltale signs of dead seabirds: a feather sticking straight
up, dark colors in the sand, unusual seaweed clumps that could mask a

Minutes into the nearly mile-long walk near her Ocean Shores home, she and
her husband, Mike, encounter the first of three birds they'll find that

Experience tells them it's a common murre. But the retired volunteers work
through a protocol to identify the species: Eyes gone. Breast eaten. Feet
pliable. They measure the wing, bill and other body parts, and photograph
the bird, front and back...


Hadn't seen anyone post it yet so thought I'd send it out. Thanks to
everyone involved in the survey and work.

*Nadine Drisseq*
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