What’s a 50+ year old bird band doing on an Eastsound beach?

Bird band found on Eastsound beach in 2014

A few weeks back our friend Trey Vore showed up at the SeaDoc office with a metal bird band he'd found on the beach in Eastsound. The band read "Advise Wildlife Service. Write Washington DC USA." And it had a number on it. (Oddly enough, though, no web address...) Joe Gaydos knows just what to do with this kind of thing, and he reported the band on the US Geological Survey website. Turns out the band had been put on a California Gull at some location south of a town called Williams, Montana in 1961. We're not suggesting the gull lived 50 years, but it does seem likely … [Read more...]

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Pre-order The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

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Exciting news! SeaDoc's new book about the Salish Sea, written by Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joe Gaydos, is now available for pre-order. Head on down to your local independent bookstore and ask them to pre-order you a copy of The Salish Sea: Jewel of the Pacific Northwest, ISBN 978-1570619854. … [Read more...]

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Video: You’ve never seen killer whales like this before

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If you love killer whales, take 10 minutes and watch this video podcast from NOAA Fisheries. NOAA and the Vancouver Aquarium teamed up to photograph Northern Resident Killer Whales from an unmanned aerial vehicle (with the proper permits, of course). The footage and the photographs are beautiful, but when you watch the video you'll see how much information scientists are able to gather just by looking at these high-resolution photographs. You'll learn how to identify whales that are starving, doing well, and even ones that are pregnant. If the video doesn't play, check it … [Read more...]

Do otters eat a lot of rockfish? Look in their scat to find out

Sharon Wootton wrote a nice piece in The Everett Herald on SeaDoc's recently-published peer reviewed paper on river otter diet. The concern was that river otters might be hampering rockfish recovery. Turns out while river otters do eat some juvenile rockfish, they primarily eat other intertidal and shallow subtidal fish. Get the full story: http://www.heraldnet.com/article/20141012/LIVING/141019875 … [Read more...]

Stewards of the Deep: Underwater monitoring in The Islands’ Sounder

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Colleen Armstrong of The Islands' Sounder wrote about SeaDoc's collaboration with divers from the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF.org) on the front page of the paper. The story included links to REEF's database where you can see detailed findings, including color images of creatures found, for different locations and areas. http://www.islandssounder.com/news/278390531.html … [Read more...]

SeaDoc/REEF subtidal monitoring project 2014

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The subtidal area is one of the least known parts of the Salish Sea. It's a fantastically colorful and complex place seen only by SCUBA divers and scientists. This is why we partnered with Reef Environmental Education Foundation (www.REEF.org) last year to use trained volunteer divers to keep an eye on what is happening below the water. So how long does it take to see dramatic changes in subtidal areas? Turns out a year is enough. When we first started this subtidal monitoring project in 2013 we anticipated we might have enough data to see changes after 8 or 10 years. But last … [Read more...]

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Tufted puffins: time to make your voice heard

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It's been a long time coming, but Washington State is in the final stage of deciding whether or not to list the Tufted puffin as a state endangered species. Tufted puffins used to breed at 43 different nesting colonies in Washington State. Now they are found at only 19, and the state's population is 1/10th of what it was in 1984. Tufted puffins have been candidates for listing in Washington State since 1998. But you can't move from candidate to listed species without a formal scientific status review. Since the Department of Fish and Wildlife didn't have the resources to write the status … [Read more...]

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SeaDoc helps commercial crabbers recover 550 pots in California

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The California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project (a self-sustaining project of the SeaDoc Society that operates without any donated funds), got a nice write-up in the Del Norte Triplicate. Kirsten Gilardi, SeaDoc's executive director, and Jen Renzullo, the field manager for the lost gear project, were featured for their innovative work where north coast crab fishermen are actually recovering lost crab pots and turning a profit by selling the pots back to their original owners. Read the full article or get more of the story on the UC Davis website. “The most exciting thing about this … [Read more...]

Comment period for Steller sea lion de-listing

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Washington State is planning to remove Steller sea lions from Washington's state list of threatened species, where they have been since 1993. The Eastern DPS (distinct population segment) of Stellers includes the population living along the west coast of North America from Southeast Alaska to central California. The population has recovered from an estimated 18,313 animals in 1979 to over 70,000 animals in 2010. Individuals, primarily males, can usually be found in the Salish Sea between September and May. The Eastern DPS was de-listed from the US federal list of endangered species in … [Read more...]

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