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Beach Watch Surveyors Needed!

Become a Sanctuary Volunteer

and Ocean Steward of our Coast

The Greater Farallones Association, in partnership with NOAA’s Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, needs citizen scientists to help collect data on the condition of our shores along the Sonoma and southern Mendocino coasts. During monthly surveys, Beach Watch volunteers monitor an assigned beach segment to identify, count and photo-document living and dead birds and marine mammals, and record human activity along the coast. This data is used in conservation management of our wildlife, habitats, and ecosystem as a whole.

To become a Beach Watch volunteer you must attend one of two orientations; be 18+ years old; attend all required trainings; and commit to surveying your beach once every four weeks, for a minimum of one year. Some knowledge of local sea birds and marine mammals is highly encouraged.

2017 Summer Orientation Dates:

Gualala: Saturday, July 8, 11:00am-12:30pm


Bodega Bay: Wednesday, July 12, 7:30-9:00pm

2017 Summer-Fall Training Class:

We will host a training consisting of nine days between Aug. 25 and Oct. 8.  Exact dates are to be determined, but will be located in northern Sonoma County or southern Mendocino County. Summer orientation attendance is a prerequisite.

To Register for Beach Watch Fall 2017 Orientation please go to this link:

or contact Kirsten Lindquist: