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Beach Watch Methods & Results


credit: Webb Johnson

Currently, Beach Watch volunteers monitor 42 beach segments every two to four weeks from Bodega Head in Sonoma County to Año Nuevo State Reserve on the San Mateo/Santa Cruz county line.

Methods

Survey methods along each beach segment include:

  • Live bird and marine mammal count,
  • Visitor/dog activity notation,
  • Beached (dead) vertebrate documentation,
  • General wrack and invertebrate assessment,
  • Oil/tarball documentation, and
  • Streams and lagoons status

Baseline Biological Data

Consistently gathered beached vertebrate data from the shoreline of the Sanctuary provide baseline species mortality rates. Live bird and mammal data is useful as a species index and can provide known location of threatened and endangered species to direct resource protection efforts during oil spills.

 

View the Data

Come to the Sanctuary public workstation to view the Beach Watch data. Please contact Shannon Lyday at beachwatch@farallones.org for more information.

 

Download Papers & Reports!

 

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Download a small, fast PDF reader for Mac OS X

 

The 15-year Beach Watch Anniversary Report provides an overview of the accomplishments of the program from 1993-2008. The report presents the results and overall trends from the data collected by our dedicated volunteers.


Click here to download.
(large file- 4.5 hrs via dialup, few minutes DSL)

Bird Entanglement Poster...

View the poster on bird entanglement data collected during beach monitoring surveys. The study investigated data collected by Beach Watch, COASST and Beach COMBERS and was presented at the Pacific Seabird Group and Sanctuary Currents conferences in 2007.

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The 2006 Beach Watch Annual Report

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The 2005 Beach Watch Annual Report

2005AP

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© 2005-2006 Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association. All Rights Reserved. Last updated 03/21/11.

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