Citizen scientists have been monitoring seabirds in Puget Sound for the past seven years, and they have some good news to report.
In fact, of 18 species the volunteers surveyed, 14 show improvement over the past seven years.
The study did find declines in four species: the white-winged scoter, brant, western grebe and red-necked grebe.
But overall, the numbers are heartening. Many seabird species are thought to have declined around Puget Sound since the 1960s and '70s, but the new results suggest that the trend may be changing.