Virtual Crabber Workshop

June 23, 2023

Dear Crabbing Enthusiast,

Mark your calendars and save the date! We are thrilled to announce an exciting opportunity for all crabbers in partnership with the Northwest Straits Foundation and the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife. Get ready to enhance your crabbing skills and gear up for the upcoming season at our virtual crabber workshop!

Date: June 23rd, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

During this engaging session, you'll have the chance to dive into the world of crabbing alongside fellow enthusiasts. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife’s knowledgeable experts will share valuable insights, provide essential information, and offer proven tips and tricks to help you #CatchMoreCrab than ever before.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your knowledge and make this crabbing season an unforgettable one! Join us on June 23rd and register below to secure your spot. Registration is required.

We look forward to virtually connecting with you and embarking on a successful and fun crabbing journey together!

Best regards,

The Northwest Straits Foundation


*The workshop will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Friends of the Forest-Anacortes Volunteer Opportunities

June 20, 2023

Friends of the Forest- Anacortes 
Dedicated to protecting and teaching about the Anacortes Community Forest Lands- check out their calendar for programs and volunteer opportunities! 

Friday, 6/9 (10:00am-12:00pm): Community Science: Wetland Monitoring- more info and sign up here 
Tuesday, 6/13 (10:00am-12:00pm): Community Science: Macroinvertebrates- more info and sign up here 


Friends Of Forest

Intertidal Monitoring Seeking Volunteers

June 19, 2023

Intertidal Monitoring Seeking Volunteers

Intertidal monitoring surveys collect data on beach elevation profiles and species on the beach. This is part of a long-term monitoring project. Each link has different volunteer position descriptions. 

Fidalgo Bay Surveys:

  • Custom Plywood: Monday, July 17th. Start time: 9:30 AM Sign up here 

Cherry Point Surveys:

  • Barnacle Rock: Monday, June 19th. Start time: 10 AM Sign up here

Neptune: Wednesday, July 5th. Start time: 10:30 AM  Sign up here 
                      Email questions to

 Intertidal Monitoring


Skagit MRC Olympia Oyster Survey

June 19, 2023

Skagit MRC Olympia Oyster Survey   

Join Puget Sound Restoration Staff to gather data for a new population estimate of Olympia oysters in Fidalgo Bay!

June 19 and 20th from roughly 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
A short training will happen prior to the sampling. Volunteers must be dressed for muddy conditions! Tall boots and clothes that can get messy are encouraged. 

If you are interested or want more information contact Paul Dinnel at or by phone at 360-299-8468


Oyster Survey

European Green Crab Molt Survey Training

June 8, 2023

European Green Crab Molt Survey Training

 Invasive European green crab are voracious eaters that threaten our shellfish beds, clamming beaches, and nearshore habitat for salmon.
This training will teach you how to identify the crab molts, where and how to conduct a 20-minute Molt Search survey, and how report your findings using a mobile app

June 8th 10am-12pm at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center 
Learn more and register here 

 Molt Workshop (1)

ANeMoNe-Acidification Nearshore Monitoring Network

June 6, 2023

ANeMoNe- Acidification Nearshore Monitoring Network

This project monitors water acidification, and volunteers maintain the complex sensors in Fidalgo Bay.  As site guardians, twice a month at low tides, May - August, volunteers go onto the mud flats to clean and repair the sensors. 

Upcoming dates are May 22, June 6 and June 20.   
It's muddy, it's fun, it's essential. 

Contact Joan Magee for more info and to sign up- 


 ANe Mo Ne

Eelgrass Wasting Disease Mark-Recapture Volunteers Needed!

June 2, 2023

Eelgrass Wasting Disease Mark-Recapture  

Currently seeking volunteers to assist with taking eelgrass measurements in the mudflats of Padilla Bay.

The volunteer work involves measuring eelgrass in muddy, exposed conditions and requires a short hike while carrying supplies. Volunteers will need to bring appropriate gear, including sun protection, rain gear, waders, water, and snacks. Depending on availability, waders/boots may be available to borrow from PBNERR, but volunteers are strongly encouraged to bring their own gear if possible!

Dates are listed here
If you’re interested please contact Shayla Ferrerio-Luce, (425)-224-0653, 

Seminar- Mapping Seasonal Change in Padilla Bay's Eelgrass Meadow Using Drones

May 31, 2023


Mapping seasonal change in Padilla Bay's eelgrass meadow using drones

Jacqui Bergner, 2022 recipient of the Padilla Bay Graduate Research Award, will be sharing the results of her experiment using drones to map seasonal changes in the distribution of native and non- native eelgrass species in Padilla Bay

Wednesday, May 31st-  2:30pm - 4pm 
Location: Stevens Center, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
More info and reserve a spot here 

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group Nursery Volunteers

May 26, 2023

Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group 

Seeking volunteers to water plants at the nursery!
Each session of watering will be a two to three hour commitment, and ideally will happen Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. 

Contact Myrriah Crowley for more information and to sign up. She can be reached at or by phone at 360-336-0172 ext 306. 

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