Oiled Wildlife Training
: Pioneer Park Clubhouse, Sequim


Clallam MRC 2019 Internship Program

Application deadline April 26, 2019

Once again the Clallam MRC is offering five paid internships to high school and college students living on the Olympic Peninsula. The duration of the internships is 80 hours @ $15/hr. to be completed before August 19, 2019. The five interns will be working on the following current environmental projects with scientists and other professionals:

  • Kelp Monitoring: One intern will help organize and participate in kayak-based kelp surveys to be conducted at three locations along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
  • Crabber Outreach: Two interns will help organize and participate in educational outreach events to recreational crab fishers in Clallam County.
  • Green Crabs and Olympia Oyster: One intern will help organize and conduct green crab trapping and removal efforts in Sequim Bay and adjacent areas. The intern will also participate in two Olympia oyster population surveys in Sequim Bay.
  • Pigeon Guillemot Breeding Surveys: One intern will help organize and participate in surveys of the breeding colonies including coordination of the volunteers.

Application Process

MRC-sponsored interns must meet the following criteria to be selected:

  • MRC-sponsored interns must be at least 17 years old.
  • MRC-sponsored interns must show a high level of responsibility in their Natural Resources/Environmental Studies program work.

If you are interested in becoming a MRC-sponsored intern submit a letter of intent to the Clallam Marine resources Committee at handersen@co.clallam.wa.us

Orca Forum

Clallam MRC is hosting a free public forum to address current status (biological and legislative actions) of the Southern Resident Killer Whales, the priority recommendations from the Orca Task Force, and how the public can be involved in recovery goals.

Four speakers, Dr. Rich Osborne, Dr. Todd Hass, Dr. Scott Veirs, and Donna Sandstrom, will give individual presentations followed by a panel discussion with audience Q&As.


May 10, 2019
Where: Elwha Heritage Center
401 E 1st Street
Port Angeles, WA
Time: 1-4 PM



Volunteers Needed to Monitor Seabirds

If you like to watch seabirds along beaches, please consider joining a team this summer to monitor Pigeon Guillemots as an indicator species for nearshore health. It only requires one hour of your time one day per week (to be completed before 9 a.m.), from June through August. This is an ongoing project co-sponsored by Clallam MRC and Olympic Peninsula Audubon Society.

On May 9, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, a free training will be held at the Dungeness River Audubon Center.  If you are interested, please contact Ed Bowlby (edbowlby2@gmail.com) to reserve a seat. You will receive instructions on how to record bird attending their burrow nest sites on sea bluffs, to note fish prey that they deliver to their chicks, and to record any disturbance such as eagle fly overs.

Returning volunteers should also attend as a refresher, since there have been modifications in protocol as well as a new field data card.  Also please relay any sightings of pigeon guillemot concentrations near beaches for potential new monitoring sites.


Free Oiled Wildlife Training

Learn how to help oiled wildlife in advance of an oil spill. This one-day interactive training will focus on the effects of oil on wildlife; why rehabilitation of oiled wildlife is important; aquatic bird behavior and anatomy; wildlife handling; and how to provide initial care for oiled birds. The training will combine presentation, video, hands-on workshop and discussion.  Registration is closed as the training is full.


April 27, 2019
Where: Pioneer Park Clubhouse 
387 E Washington Street
Sequim, WA
Time: 8:00 AM—5:00 PM