Trained volunteers are key to gathering the core of our research data. Each spring we recruit new volunteers. A one-evening training session and an in-the-field orientation are required for new volunteers. Volunteers are expected to visit their assigned colonies at least once every two weeks during late May, June, July and August.
The survey also includes more concentrated study during the period when the young are being fed in the burrows. Focused research at this time will shed light on the success of fledglings and the species of fish used to feed the young.
Our volunteer team has great enthusiasm for and interest in stewarding their colonies. The survey experience offers them an opportunity to contribute in a meaningful way to a citizen science project. Many also find it a delightful excuse for observing and enjoying our nearshore environment.
To join our Whidbey Guillemot Survey or for information to help organize a similar program in your area use the contact form to the right in order to contact us today!