There is still room for
volunteer counters for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine
Sanctuary Ocean Count, which will take place starting at 8 a.m. March 30.
However, registration needs to take
place immediately because the final workshop for training will take place
Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the King Kaumuali'i Elementary School cafeteria.
The volunteer training for the
Sanctuary Ocean Count is a mandatory requirement for volunteers interested in
participating in the Sanctuary Ocean Count on the island of Kaua'i.
Volunteers are able to register online
by visitingsanctuaryoceancount.org or by calling 246-2860 for more information.
During February, more than 650
volunteers collected data from the shores of O'ahu, Kaua'i and the Big Island
during the Sanctuary Ocean Count held on Feb. 23.
The count is a yearly shore-based
census, which provides snapshot data on humpback whales, although observations
of other marine life are recorded.
During the count, participants tally
humpback whale sightings and document the animals' surface behavior during the
The sanctuary is administered through
a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office
of National Marine Sanctuaries and the State of Hawai'i through its Department
of Land and Natural Resources.
The sanctuary protects humpback whales
and their habitat in Hawaiian waters where the whales migrate each winter to
mate, calve and nurse their young.