In 1997, we began a beach survey program using trained volunteers to survey beached marine birds and mammals monthly at selected sections of beaches throughout the Monterey Bay area. The program is a collaborative project between Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS), and other state and research institutions including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and US Geological Survey (USGS), with the specific goal of using deposition of beach cast carcasses as an index of the health of the sanctuary. As of October 2015, we have more than 100 volunteers that survey beaches from Santa Cruz to LA county. This program has been greatly successful, providing data for a number of scientific papers, contributing to the conservation of sanctuary resources, identifying and quantifying oiled wildlife, and a great many more accomplishments. For more information, use the links at the top of the page.
Current Project Director and Managers - Dr. Jim Harvey and Erica Donnelly-Greenan
Vertebrate Ecology Lab
Moss Landing Marine Labs
8272 Moss Landing Rd.
Moss Landing, CA 95039