Skagit Green Crab Molt Search Training

June 15, 2024

Learn how to keep an eye out for invasive European green crabs by participating in a new community science project called Molt Search, run by Washington Sea Grant's Crab Team & WSU Extension.

At this Molt Search training event . . .

you'll be guided through the systematic Molt Search protocol for collecting crab molts and submitting your finds through MyCoast. You'll also learn about this new invasive and what's being done about it, as well as how to identify native and European green crabs.

When: June 15th 10:30am

Where: The Stevens Center at Padilla Bay Reserve
What: Free, hands-on training and practice of Molt Search protocols, crab ID, and green crab basics

Registration is required. Register here.

Registered attendees will receive an email ahead of the event with more specifics. Please dress for the weather, wear good walking shoes, and bring a bag or other container to collect molts in.

Learn more at

Email with questions!

This training is sponsored by:

  • Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Northwest Straits Commission
  • Skagit Marine Resources Committee
  • Washington Sea Grant
  • Washington State University Extension



Green Crab Molt Workshop

February 7, 2024

  Green Crab Molt Workshop

February 7th, 2023 10AM – 12PM
Anacortes Public Library: 1220 10th St, Anacortes, WA 98221
Part one of a two-part workshop that will equip you with the knowledge and ID skills to participate in a new early detection program for invasive green crab in the Salish Sea!

Register here


Padilla Bay Planting Parties

January 30, 2024

Padilla Bay Planting Parties  

Planting parties will focus on installing native trees and shrubs in some of the uplands at the reserve. With our new native plant nursery, we are working to restore our uplands to a mix of mature forest and native coastal prairie. We’re also holding drop-in stewardship work parties on the last Tuesdays of the upcoming months (except December). These work parties could involve a variety of tasks related to planting and invasive species removal.
Planting Work Parties:
Jan 15th (MLK day), 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Feb 3rd, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
March 2nd, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Drop-in Stewardship Work Parties:
Jan 30th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Feb 27th, 1:00 - 3:00 pm

RSVPs are appreciated so that we can plan for the right amount of people. Use this form and contact Spencer at if you are a new volunteer. Department of Ecology requires that volunteers be 18 years or older.

Hope you can join for some fun hands-on restoration work this winter! Please send any questions to Spencer at

Padilla Bay Newsletter and Events
Subscribe to the the Padilla Bay Reserve newsletter here to get information on all events happening 
Or visit the events page here 

There are many classes for all ages coming up!


Storming the Sound

January 25, 2024
 Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve


Storming the Sound, our regional environmental education conference will be in-person at Maple Hall in LaConner.

Thursday, January 25, 2024

We're all set for our 25th Storming the Sound conference! Now we just need you to join us. The agenda is posted at Storming the Sound's website. Our keynote speaker is Lindsay Huettman: Cultivating Resilience with Ecological Grief and Loss for Outdoor Educators.  Here's a taste of this year's session topics:  Coastal Flooding in My Neighborhood: Engaging High Schoolers with Local Data; Molt Search Program- A novel community based program to fight the European Green Crab invasion; Data as Abstract Art; In the Field: Hands-on Place-Based Learning for K-10 Students; Pathways to Green Jobs: Paid High School Internships; Virtual Reality/ 360 learning in the Classroom; Exploring Ways of Knowing; Music for Environmental Education -- and much, much more!

We offer 2 ways to pay your $20 registration fee:
    Register and pay at the door here.         Register and pay online here.

Is your organization a sponsor? Contact Susan Wood to find out how to support Storming the Sound. All presenters and attending sponsors need to register.

Are you a classroom teacher? We have substitute funds and free clock hour credits. Find the application here. 

Let's gather together January 25 to inspire, energize and support one another. 


Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group Day of Service

January 15, 2024

  Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group 

Day of Service

Join Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group on Monday, January 15th at Little Carey’s Slough near Hamilton, WA from 10am-1pm!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a designated AmeriCorps Day of Service, so our two WSC members Connor and Clare will be in attendance helping plant trees! Per the AmeriCorps website: “Join us this MLK Day as we come together to build a Beloved Community through unity, service, and transformation. Let’s honor Dr. King’s legacy by working toward a more just and equitable society, where everyone is valued and respected, regardless of their race, ability, religion, or background. By participating in service projects, we can bridge divides, heal wounds, and create lasting change that will benefit our communities for years to come.”

The site doesn’t really have a proper address, so to find it, just enter 48°31’48.3″N 121°59’15.7″W into your navigation app/Google and it will direct you to a site off Walders Rd. Parking will be off Walders as well. Follow posted signage for directions to the site! It is about a 100yd walk from the parking area to the planting site, with quite muddy and uneven terrain on the way. 

We will provide gloves, tools, and light snacks. Dress for the weather, we recommend lots of layers and some boots you don’t mind getting dirty! 

Registration here 

Virtual Crab Molt Search Training

August 23, 2023



When: August 23 from 11am to 1pm

Where:  Zoom

What: Free public training 

To Register:


WSU Extension and Washington Sea Grant are inviting the public to assist in “Molt Search”, a new citizen science initiative to help combat the growing concern of the invasive European green crab. According to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the European green crab is one of the world’s worst invasive species and it threatens the overall health of Washington’s marine waters. Washington Sea Grant’s Crab Team currently supports the WDFW-led coalition of co-managers, tribes and partners by monitoring for European green crab at about 60 Salish Sea sites, but these only cover a small fraction of the suitable nearshore habitat for this animal. Molt Search will enable the public to take action to protect marine waters by teaching volunteers how to conduct a 20-minute survey for crab molts and how to report their findings using a mobile app.

WSU Extension will be hosting a virtual training on August 23.  For more information about the upcoming training workshops go to or email, or


Additional references:

Cheryl Lovato Niles, WSU Extension Water Resources Educator,, 360-778-5812

Jonathan Robinson, WSU Extension Beach Watchers Program Coordinator,, 541-220-7812




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