The Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) is a 19 year old citizen science project housed at the University of Washington and focused on the beach environment of the northeast Pacific. Since our beginning, over 1,000 participants on more than 450 beaches spanning four states have contributed directly to monitoring their local marine resources and ecosystem health.

Inside a debris survey

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Inside a debris survey

It’s the wrack zone that’s so difficult to figure out—where it begins, where it ends. “See, there’s a piece,” says Adelia Ritchie, pointing to a short scrap of seagrass, and then another, and another. “You can see there’s sort of a whole band all along here.”

Upcoming Events

Training: Beached Birds

  • Oregon: Brookings (Map)
  • Saturday, October 26, 10:30 am4:30 pm

Training: Beached Birds

  • California: Fortuna (Map)
  • Sunday, October 27, 10:00 am6:00 pm

Refresher: Beached Birds

  • Washington: Moclips (Map)
  • Saturday, November 9