Laskeek Bay seeks citizen scientists for 25th field season

  • Apr. 16, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Local conservation organization the Laskeek Bay Conservation Society is celebrating its 25th year this year. For those not familiar with Laskeek Bay (LBCS), it is a grassroots organization devoted to promoting stewardship and conservation of our local environment through education and “citizen science”. It runs Project Limestone, which brings students from all over Haida Gwaii to a field camp on East Limestone Island to assist with monitoring work on Ancient Murrelets. The society also provides volunteer opportunities for anyone wishing to become a citizen-scientist for a week, assisting in a variety of projects based out of the field camp. Celebrations for this quarter-century birthday are being planned; look out for the LBCS booth at some festivals and events this summer. At present, the LBCS team is focusing its energy on the start of this 25th field season, which begins May 2. The team will continue to see volunteers throughout the season, which runs to July 11. If you are interested in learning about local wildlife, plants and ecology, and assisting with important monitoring work, contact Jamie at the LBCS office (next to the Purple Onion) or 559-2345. Volunteers work alongside staff biologists, with the focus shifting from night work in May, monitoring fledging Ancient Murrelet chicks, to more daytime and boat-based work in June and July. Volunteers might help monitor nest boxes for Cassin’s Auklets and Pigeon Guillemots, Black Oystercatcher nest (scrape) sites in Laskeek Bay and Gwaii Hanaas, do sea surveys of seabirds and marine mammals, as well as other projects involving forest birds, invasive species and plant and animal life. More information for prospective volunteers or anyone curious to know more about LBCS is available at www.laskeekbay.org or on Facebook.

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