Monday, February 24, 2014

Volunteers Wanted for Intertidal Trainings!

If you're interested in becoming a citizen scientist, here's your opportunity! Join your Baykeeper Team for a brand new series of Intertidal Trainings in Whatcom and Skagit County. These trainings will increase your understanding of our nearshore marine ecosystems and equip you to collect meaningful survey data of plants and animals in intertidal areas.  But most importantly, you'll learn and have fun.

In 2013, over 80 local citizens became citizen scientists when they joined our training programs last year. They participated and collected nearshore monitoring data on many of our beaches.  This project was co-sponsored by friends of the Cherry Point and Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committees with support from RE Sources' North Sound Baykeeper.

Upcoming trainings and surveys will occur both in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Participants are welcome to attend either training series and any of the surveys, regardless of location.  But before you can participate in the fun stuff (field work, critter identification, and beach strolling) a bit of classroom training is required so that the data we collect is consistent and high quality.

Whatcom County Trainings will occur Tuesday evenings on April 1, 8, and 15th from 6-8 pm, with an optional training on sea star wasting disease on April 22. All in-class trainings will occur at RE Sources Main room.  A field training will be held at Marine Park on April 19, from 1-5 pm.  Additional field sessions will be announced.

Skagit County Trainings will be introduced on March 27, as part of the Salish Sea Stewards Training Series from 5:30-8:00, at the Fidalgo Bay Resort, Fidalgo Bay Road, Anacortes. Training will resume on Sunday April 27, from 12:30- 5 at the Fidalgo Bay Resort, with field training 1230-5 at Washington Park, Anacortes.  Additional field sessions will be announced.

Trainers will include respected professionals in the field:  Doug Stark, Michael Kyte, Wendy Steffensen, and others. Surveys will take place on low-tide days during the summer.  Interested?  Got questions?  Contact Wendy at or (360) 733 8307.


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