Are seabird numbers in the southern Salish Sea increasing or decreasing? Which species are changing their range? Help us find out. The Puget Sound Seabird Survey (PSSS) is a community and citizen science project managed by Seattle Audubon that empowers volunteer birdwatchers to gather valuable data on wintering seabird populations across the southern Salish Sea.

Since 2008, we have been collecting information on seabirds wintering in the nearshore waters of the Southern Salish Sea. In 2018, we have expanded to include 150 sites as far north as the Canadian border, throughout Puget Sound, and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We have also developed an oil spill response plan to document animals and shorelines at risk and train volunteers to conduct surveys in the event of an oil spill.

Contribute to this vital seabird science by joining our upcoming project season. We actively recruit volunteers to help monitor the status of our local wintering seabirds. Training on survey methodology will be provided at a location near you in September and early October. Volunteers should ideally be able to identify Puget Sound’s seabird species and be available on the first Saturday of each month, October through April, to conduct a 30-minute survey. If determining between Lesser and Greater Scaup is a challenge, we’ll team you up with more knowledgeable surveyors. Visit to take the Seabird ID quiz and to learn more, including training dates and locations. Email Toby Ross, Senior Science Manager if you would like more information or to take part.

THE MESSENGERS: What birds tell us about threats from climate change and solutions for nature and people. Online report from the National Audubon Society.

The Future of Birds in Our National Parks: How climate change will affect birds in our country’s most treasured natural places. Online report from the National Audubon Society.

November 2018: “Raptor Center to close, eventually; After lifelong career of rescuing animals, especially birds, Jaye Moore is slowing down,” Peninsula Daily News.

May 2015: United Nations document reporting on Navy's failure to address impact of Electronic Warfare Range on Olympic National Park cites testimony from Admiralty Audubon.

August 2012: "Community leaders learn about AAS Kah Tai bird diversity report," Port Townsend Leader.

May 2012: "City, port OK Kah Tai Lagoon swap," Peninsula Daily News.

April 2012: "Environmental leader: Eleanor Stopps protected Protection Island," Port Townsend Leader.