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Harbor Porpoise Monitoring Project

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Presented By Pacific Biodiversity Institute
Goal Monitor harbor porpoises in the Salish Sea
Task Collect observational data on harbor porpoises, marine wildlife
Where Anacortes, Skagit County, Washington, United States of America
Coupeville, Island County, Washington, United States of America
Friday Harbor, San Juan County, Washington, United States of America
Oak Harbor, Island County, Washington, United States of America
Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Washington, United States of America Washington

The Harbor Porpoise Monitoring Project needs volunteers for observations and surveys at locations near Anacortes, Whidbey Island, and San Juan Island, Washington.

The historic range of the harbor porpoise has diminished dramatically in the last 60 years. Surveys of the population are done infrequently and there is inadequate data on the current status of the population.

Participants will help in assessing the feasibility of using passive acoustic monitoring devices to track population status and trends of this species. This may include land-based animal observations and/or handling instruments from a boat.

How to Join

Volunteers may have to pay some travel expenses and should be in good physical condition. To volunteer, contact project coordinator Aileen Jeffries at:

Aileen Jeffries
Pacific Biodiversity Institute
P.O. Box 298
Winthrop, WA 98862

Project Timing Harbor Porpoise Project citizen scientists collect observational data year-round.
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Required Gear

Training and equipment provided by project.

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags cetaceans, harbor porpoise, marine ecology, marine mammal, observation, ocean, phocoena, salish sea, wildlife
Project Updated 11/13/2017