Local observations are valuable to communities and to science.
Everyone observes the world around them, everyone can contribute to science.
Nature is full of patterns and stories. It is our job to document them.
Only together can we move towards conservation, sustainability, and healthy communities.
An Almanac: Where and when natural things happen; things of importance to the culture, livelihood, and even survival of people.
What is the Coastal Almanac?
A living collection of observations and knowledge from coastal places and peoples, collected over time. An archived compilation of coastal information, a recording of collection methods, and a network of people, subject advisors, and organizations engaging in place-based science that empowers coastal communities.
A Network of People connected to place and interested in natural phenomena, place-based observations of nature, patterns, and change.
A Digital Archive of place-based observations of nature, weather, and natural resources so that normal patterns—and change—can be remembered and used to plan for the future: return timing for salmon and migratory birds, intensity of weather, density of herring and eulachon spawn, or even simply the number of people on the beach.
A Compilation of Resources and Protocols shared through the network to increase the power of projects, provide support for retrieving, comparing, and visualizing diverse data; and provide resources so that each community, organization or interested individual doesn’t have to re-invent methodologies, they can simply turn to the CA.
In the Pilot Phase, we are establishing a network of interested community partners, researchers, and other organizations along the Pacific Northwest Coast and Alaska. We’re beginning to share knowledge and resources, and we’re working with communities, science advisors, and an IT working group to design a Coastal Almanac beneficial for coastal communities.