Paddling with a purpose

by Tim Flanagan on June 15, 2010

Rachel Benbrook has this story in Wavelength Magazine:

Along the beaches and bays of North Puget Sound a special group of sea kayakers is navigating local waters to gather valuable data in a program helping to building connections between scientists and citizens.

The end result is helping researchers tap into a vast and knowledgeable volunteer base. Consider it citizen science for kayakers: the Seattle-based non-profit environmental organization People For Puget Sound has been working with volunteer sea kayakers since 2007 by training paddlers to conduct shoreline surveys for non-native Spartina grasses. These invasive grasses have spread steadily all over the Pacific Northwest over the last half a century and have been found locally throughout Puget Sound and into British Columbia.

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