Tuesday, February 3, 2009

SeaNet comes to Coastal Georgia

Monday, I did something that was fun but also one more positive step for the shorebirds and ocean birds here on the coast. Stacia Hendricks of Little St. Simons Island invited a group of coastal barrier island people to a SeaNet workshop at the Georgia Turtle Center. We had a good group of folks from Tybee Island in the north all the way down to Cumberland Island in the south. Our guest speakers were Julie Ellis, PhD, DVM and Sarah Courchesne DVM from Tufted University and Kevin Keel from UGA CVM. Julie told us about the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SeaNet). They followed that with a group discussion of how to proceed with these surveys along our coast. This is going to be a long-term collaborative effort. We decided we would start small. We could cover the beaches of Tybee, St. Catherines, Little St. Simons Island, Jekyll Island and Cumberland. We will commit to doing surveys of the live and dead birds on these beaches at least twice a month. I was so honored to be included in this group of committed people. To find out more about SeaNet please visit the website http://www.tufts.edu/vet/seanet/ .

Here is our group

2 comments:

scourc01 said...

Hi Lydia! It's Sarah Courchesne of SEANET here. I just linked your blog to the SEANET blog. Looks like you've been posting some cool stuff here. Our blog is at http://seanetters.wordpress.com if you want to check it out.
Thanks for coming to the meeting; it was great to meet you!

Lydia said...

Hi Sarah,
It was super to meet you and Julie. Thanks for linking up with my blog. I'll do the same.
By the way years ago, I volunteered out at Point Reyes Bird Observatory. During my stay, we were doing a SeaNet type beach survey. It is amazing how much a volunteer can learn by helping out.