Padilla Bay History

December 3, 2016

Two Part Series- Padilla Bay History with Glen "Alex" Alexander


Did you miss November 8th's History of Padilla Bay? Don't miss out on Alex's next presentation...


Saturday, December 3rd 10-11:30am at Padilla Bay. Diking the Delta: Can you imagine what the Skagit River Delta must have looked like 150 years ago? Forests clogged with huge, ancient trees. Wide expanses of marsh and swamp laced with a maze of sloughs and channels and flushed by the rise and fall of the river and ocean. There was a log jam completely covering the Skagit River so thick and ancient there was a forest growing on it. Wild ducks and salmon so numerous . . ., well, you’ve heard the descriptions of walking across the river on the backs of salmon and birds blocking out the sun. In 1863 a man who worked in the lumber mills and boatyards of Utsalady crossed to the mainland, climbed a tree on Pleasant Ridge and looked out over the wild tangle of the Skagit Delta. Seven years later the amount of money earned from 40 acres of diked farmland hit the newspapers back east like a gold rush. Before 1900 the entire delta was diked and drained. Glen Alexander, Education Coordinator at Padilla Bay Reserve, will provide some of the flavor of what it was like for those early pioneers and reflect on the future.

Storm Surge Monitoring Network

December 1, 2016

Volunteers Needed!

Storm Surge Monitoring Network

Are you interested in monitoring a beach this winter to ground truth models on coastal climate change impacts? This collaborative project between USGS, WWU, and many federal, tribal, state and local agencies aims to measure and model stream/coastal processes that impact coastal lands, habitats and infrastructure which is critical for examining how our models hold up to sea level rise projections.

When: following storm surge events

What : volunteers document shoreline and beach conditions with photographs, notes, GPS locations and stakes based on an easy standardized protocol.

Why: this documentation allows scientists to analyze changes in beach elevation, substrate type, and particle size associated with sediment deposition or erosion.
If you are interested in getting involved, click on the "Storm Surge-I'm Interested!" button below which will send Samanatha Russell, CVP Program Coordinator, an email indicating your interest! Those who respond will be invited to help schedule a brief training  in December.

Storm Surge- I'm Interested!



Coastal Volunteer Partnership Coffee Hour

November 28, 2016

Come to the new Coastal Volunteer Partnership's (CVP) monthly gatherings at Padilla Bay to meet & mingle with fellow volunteers. There will be a short update on the CVP and a presentation  from a different volunteer project meant to enhance your experience as a volunteer with us!

CVP Coffee Hour


December 15th: Suzanne Shull from Padilla Bay will talk about Sound IQ, a web mapping application of nearshore data layers utilized to make data from the Northwest Straits Commission easily accessible and useful to a variety of audiences. Learn about how Sound IQ helps make citizen science data come to life for projects like the Bull Kelp Survey project and Forage Fish surveys.


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