Volunteers wanted for 20th anniversary humpback whale count

The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary is looking for volunteers for its 2015 Sanctuary Ocean Count.

Now in its 20th year, this project utilizes volunteers to count whales and record their behaviors from more than 60 shore sites on the islands of Oahu, Kauai and Hawaii.

The project allows the public to learn more about humpback whale population, distribution, and behavioral trends while being involved in a volunteer monitoring effort.

The Sanctuary Ocean Count will be held on Jan. 31, Feb. 28 and March 28 at selected sites from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Click here for a full list of sites.

Interested volunteers can register online or call 808-725-5917 (Oahu and Hawaii Island) and 246-2860 (Kauai) up to one week prior to the event date. All volunteers must register prior to participating.

No advance training is required for volunteers on Oahu or Hawaii Island, but volunteers on Kauai must attend a free training session.

More than 2,000 volunteers participate each year in the Sanctuary Ocean Count.

It’s one of several projects coordinated by the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

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