We’ve had a bit of unusual luck with the last couple of our COASST beached bird surveys on Toleak Beach in regards to the weather. Sunny clear skies have been on tap but that’s far from our ‘usual’ winter weather here in the Pacific Northwest.
However, our last survey was more typical of the weather we face in the winter. In this case, the pendulum swung to the far side and we had record breaking rains. The good news was that our Lance 1575 was out of the shop with our Lift Kit installed. It gives us a few more inches of clearance which is a relief when we boondock. Didn’t hurt as the campsite was underwater with the rains as well.
I grabbed some footage to share and take you along with a ‘typical’ collection effort.
Our volunteers collected water quality data from 128 Wild and Scenic Rivers, enabling federal and state agencies to improve accountability and inform river policy, protection, and management decisions.
Our Timber Tracking volunteers collected samples from 787 locations (and counting!) across the range of eastern black walnut, enabling the US Forest Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service to combat illegal logging.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration incorporated our microplastics data into their global marine microplastics dataset.