April 19, 2016

Current Volunteers

Links:          Directions to all beach segments               Training materials               Beached Animals ID Book

Data Collection Materials:

Species Codes                               NEW! 2016 Data Form

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Archives: 2015 Data Form (North/Central)         2015 Data Form (South/Central)

Carcass Collection Requests:

Please keep these carcasses fresh (REFRIGERATOR) and contact us to arrange for a priority pick up

  • Marbled Murrelet
  • Snowy Plover
  • Least Tern
  • Scripps’ Murrelet
  • Ashy Storm-Petrel (only if very fresh)
  • Any other banded birds (only if very fresh)
  • Any other shorebird (only if very fresh)

Please collect these carcasses for eventual examination (FREEZE)

  •  Rhinoceros Auklet (only if carcass is in fresh condition, otherwise do not collect)
  • Any procellarid (only if carcass is fresh; includes shearwaters, fulmars, albatrosses, and storm-petrels)
  • Ashy Storm-Petrel (okay to freeze if not fresh)
  • Any other banded birds (okay to freeze if not fresh)
  • Any other shorebird (okay to freeze if not fresh)
  • Oiled birds (carcasses can be frozen, or an oiled feather sample can be taken on the beach and saved frozen)

Supplies List

If you need to replenish your survey supplies, please email beachcombersmb@gmail.com


  • Clipboard
  • Tape Measure
  • Clippers
  • Beached Marine Bird and Mammal Guide
  • Hemp rope to mark pinnipeds
  • Pencils
  • Bird identification guide (National Geographic)
  • Brown paper bags (for oiled carcasses, feathers, tarballs)
  • Plastic trash bags (for fresh carcasses, non-oiled)
  • Oil sampling supplies
  • NEW Oiled Beach Reference Sheet
  • Evidence envelopes
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clean gloves
  • Rubber gloves


  • Pencil sharpener
  • Hand cleaner
  • Camera
  • Refreshments and water