Unsung seabirds could help track Puget Sound health – Salish Sea Currents

You’ve likely seen them when you’ve taken a ferry across Puget Sound or the the San Juans. They are one of our common seabirds. Now, scientists are focusing on them to help determine the health of our waters. Good overview, especially to read to kids during your summer break or car trip around the Sound. Pigeon Guillemots are easy to find so help your kids become interested in why they are an important indicator species.

Pigeon guillemots have attracted relatively little scientific attention compared to other seabirds in Puget Sound. That may be because their population is generally stable, but a group of citizen scientists is helping to put guillemots on the conservation radar. They hope the birds can be used as an indicator of Puget Sound health.

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