UC Davis Today: Wildlife vets monitor Northwest’s waterways

Three people in rain gear standing in front of trees and a map of the Salish Sea

Wildlife vets monitor Northwest’s waterways

Through science and education, the SeaDoc Society protects the health of marine wildlife and their ecosystems in the Salish Sea, which includes Washington’s Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the San Juan Islands, as well as British Columbia’s Gulf Islands and the Strait of Georgia.

SeaDoc is yet another example of how UC Davis researchers collaborate with like-minded institutions and organizations to safeguard wildlife, people and their habitats.

An outpost of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center on Orcas Island, SeaDoc has plenty of work to do. The Salish Sea is home to 37 species of mammals, 172 species of birds, 247 species of fish, more than 3,000 species of invertebrates and nearly 6 million people.

The group’s projects include tracking the area’s number of wildlife species that are listed as threatened or endangered; providing policymakers with scientific knowledge; conducting research on how disease affects wildlife populations; and proposing solutions on how to treat ecosystem ills. 

Read this story in UC Davis Magazine to learn more about SeaDoc’s successes and projects.

Joe Gaydos, left, chief scientist for the SeaDoc Society, poses with UC Davis colleagues Jean Spalti and Joe Thoron in Washington in a photo illustration with a map of the Salish Sea and surrounding basin. Megan Moriarty/UC Davis photo; Stefan Freelan/WWU graphic with digital composite Jay Leek/UC Davis

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