On Wednesday, May 22 of this year, hundreds of dead seabirds suddenly appeared on Mendocino County beaches. What happened? We’ll ask Dr. Julia Parrish, founder and Executive Director of the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, and Sarah Grimes of the Noyo Center for Marine Science. They will talk about the mortality event, what might have caused it, why it’s important to count dead seabirds on the beach – and how you can help.
COASST Fact Sheet – Common Murre Mortality Event, May 2019 – Excerpts:
A closer look at upwelling in May:
And a look at Sea Surface Temperatures:
Wave heights – showing the effect of the winter-type storms of mid- to late May:
More resources and places to volunteer!
COASST – Count dead birds on the beach!
Beach Watch (south of Mendocino)