We are a community science project dedicated to the research, education, and protection of the Pigeon Guillemot in the Salish Sea. We monitorPigeon Guillemot breeding colonies across the region to better understand their population dynamics and role in healthy coastal ecosystems. Our survey is collaboratively coordinated by the organizations above. Our partners and sponsoring organizations are listed at the bottom of this page.
Introducing the Salish Sea Guillemot Network 2023 Program Coordinator!
Pigeon Guillemot Breeding Survey season is just around the corner, and as Whidbey Audubon also financially supports this coordinator position, we wanted to share with everyone our good fortune to have Shannon Boldt leading the team this summer! Shannon is a native Washingtonian who finds her happy place both “playing” with science and outdoors, immersed in the natural world. The more hands on she can be, the better! She holds a BS in Biology and MS in Environmental Policy and Management, with a concentration in Fish and Wildlife Management. Having grown up in the Puget Sound region, she has always felt deeply connected and drawn to the marine environment, in particular, wildlife and birds. She is driven by this connection, her constant curiosity, and eagerness to learn about and care for the world around her. Shannon is an avid walker and amateur wildlife photographer. She loves to travel, boat, hike, and eat good food…and she absolutely ADORES Pigeon Guillemots. She is very excited to take on this new role as the SSGN PIGU Breeding Survey’s Program Coordinator and to help see us through another successful season with her positive energy and support. We’re excited, too!
Please help support our survey of Pigeon Guillemots. Our data helps Washington agencies assess the health of the Salish Sea. As our survey grows to encompass more areas of our Region, so do our costs to ensure we maintain scientific-level data collection.
Clicking this button takes you to the Whidbey Audubon Society website. Whidbey Audubon Society provides financial management services to the SSGN.
2022 End of Season Celebration - Video This recap of the 2022 Pigeon Guillemot Breeding Survey conducted by the Salish Sea Guillemot Network includes stories and impressions of the season from the various Regions, as well as preliminary results compared to the 2021 season. The guest speaker is Senior Marine Ecologist with Point Blue Conservation Science, Dr. Mike Johns. He discusses some long-term trends and new insights into the breeding and migratory behavior of Pigeon Guillemots on Southeast Farallon Island. Dr. Johns just wrapped up his 9th season on the Farallones, and he shares recent results from a 3-year telemetry study, along with the history of Point Blue’s 54-year legacy of seabird research on a remote offshore California outcropping. His presentation begins 1 hr - 3 mins - 23 secs into the video.
SSGN Participated in Recently Published Scientific Paper:
What can Pigeon Guillemot eggshells tell us about the diets of adult PIGU? Emily Buckner, School of Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, asked this question and the SSGN helped round up cast-off eggshells from breeding colony beaches to enable her study. Find her results here, in the spring 2022 edition of Northwestern Naturalist.