Robin Lindsey © 2013
A golden seal is a representative of the species that will get attention during the SealSitters training set to begin July 24.

SealSitters volunteer training coming up July 24

A new volunteer training for is taking place on July 24th from 6:30 - 8:30pm. SealSitters founder Robin Lindsey said, "This will be the last training until the end of pupping season in late fall, due to time constraints on volunteers. The training will be held at Alki Congregational United Church (map it). Please RSVP for the event (link on blubberblog post below). We welcome children - our Seal Sitter kid volunteers ROCK!"

More info on content of the training:

"Harbor seal pupping season is officially underway in South Puget Sound with reports of lanugo (premature) pups in and around area rookeries. Whidbey and the islands north of us have had newborns for several weeks now. There was a report of a small, new pup at Golden Gardens on Monday. As we reported a couple of weeks ago, an adult female seal died at Constellation Park and the necropsy revealed she had given birth two days earlier ( We searched the beaches for the next few days, but were not able to find a newborn pup."

"So, any day now we could have some tiny seal newcomers to West Seattle - or, of course, one of the yearlings still hanging around from last year could decide to rest on shore. Please be on the alert and, as always, call our hotline 206-905-7325 (SEAL) if you see a marine mammal on the beach!"

The July 4th holiday is always stressful on wildlife and SealSitters encourages folks to use fireworks and celebrate responsibly - making sure to give marine mammals (and other critters) space to rest in quiet.

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