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. 

Storming the Sound Conference 2023

January 19, 2023

Storming the Sound 2023 - Register Now!


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

Thursday, January 19, 2023

We're all set for our 24th Storming the Sound conference! Now we just need you to join us. The agenda is posted at Storming the Sound's website. Here's a taste of this year's topics:  Foundations for Addressing Climate Change, Monitoring stormwater with volunteers,  making luminaries, teaching data literacy,  singing for the planet,  your local pollinators, salmon education – an NGSS aligned supplementary curriculum for upper elementary, how Washington State supports environmental education, and what is a just transition? 

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 19 to inspire, energize and support one another. 

Register now

COASST Training

July 30, 2022

Beachwalkers wanted for

coastal observation and seabird survey team (coasst)


On July 30th , 2022 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST) will deliver a free training session in Mount Vernon, WA for members of the community. The COASST Beached Bird program is focused on the intersection of science, conservation, and communities. COASST participants help make a difference for the environment by collecting data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds and marine debris on a monthly basis to establish the baseline pattern of beached bird mortality on North Pacific beaches.


Through an interactive, hands-on workshop, trainees will become acquainted with COASST survey protocols, have a chance to learn more about the seabirds that live in their area, and learn about the effects of marine debris on sealife. The COASST training provides participants with the tools to monitor for potential changes in the marine environment and promote stewardship of local marine resources.


COASST is a citizen science project of the University of Washington in partnership with state, tribal, and federal agencies, environmental organizations, and community groups. COASST believes residents of coastal communities are essential scientific partners in monitoring marine ecosystem health. By collaborating with community members, natural resource management agencies and environmental organizations, COASST works to translate long-term monitoring into effective marine conservation solutions.  Currently, nearly 1000 participants survey beaches in Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska.

The training session will be held at the Padilla Bay Interpretive Center (10441 Bayview-Edison Rd). There will be a short break in the middle of the session for lunch, so please bring your own sack lunch, or money to purchase food in the area. Participants need NO prior experience with scientific data collection, just a commitment to survey a specific beach at least once a month.


COVID-19 details: Masks are recommended, but not mandatory. Staying safe is our top priority and we will have disinfectant wipes and sanitizer on hand.


For more information and to reserve your training spot, call COASST at 206-221-6893 or email More information about the COASST program can be found at






May 1, 2022

Event Sponsors: Skagit Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Foundation, and Northwest Straits Commission

Please join the Skagit MRC and Northwest Straits Foundation for a series of educational videos with tips and tricks to catch more crab!  A Virtual Crabbing Workshop with WDFW will be held on the evening of June 30th. Stay tuned for more details!

Crabbing is a popular activity in Washington for recreational crabbers. There are lots of Dungeness crabs in Puget Sound, and crabbing gear is affordable and accessible. However, pots are lost at an extraordinarily high rate and very few are retrieved. An estimated 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. A single lost crab pot can kill up to 15 crab per year resulting in over 180,000 wasted crabs not making it to the dinner table.

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Here are a few tips and tricks to help you keep your pots and catch more crab!


Check out the Northwest Straits Foundation's educational videos that will be highlighted each week during the month May, including a virtual crabbing workshop!! A live virtual crabbing workshop with WDFW will be held on the evening of June 30th! Stay tuned for more details. 

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Additional Crabbing Resources to Know When and Where to Set Your Pot:




May 1, 2022

Join us for a FREE Vegetation Management Workshop and Beach Walk for Shoreline Landowners:  May 25, 2022, 10am-2pm at the SneeOosh Beach and Thousand Trails Meeting Room. To Register: Space is limited.

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Bulkheads, seawalls, and rock riprap along the shoreline, can disrupt the natural geological processes that form beaches and spawning habitat for forage fish. Hard shore armoring can damage delicate shoreline habitats that are crucial to the survival of many marine species and can worsen overall shoreline erosion.

In many cases, bulkheads are unnecessary and there are better, more natural alternatives to address bank erosion and drainage issues on shoreline properties.

The Shore Friendly Living Program promotes alternative strategies for shoreline residential properties that provide both the use and enjoyment of the property while promoting and maintaining the nearshore ecosystems for the support of fish and wildlife.

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Check out the Northwest Straits Foundation's Shore Friendly Living educational video series and resources for Shore Friendly Living:

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