Celebrate Fidalgo Bay Estuary!
Fidalgo Bay Day & National Estuaries Day August 12, 2017
Fidalgo Bay Resort, Anacortes
Check Friends calendar for details
Each year the Friends of Skagit Beaches Trail Tales volunteers host a National Estuaries Day celebration as our way of celebrating National Estuaries Week sponsored by the organizations listed below. We have teamed up with the Skagit Marine Resources Committee's Fidalgo Bay Day event, which celebrates one of Skagit County's most important protected estuaries. Pick up your Trail Tales "Discovery Passport" and explore the trail stations sponsored by a variety of organizations, talk to our docents, get your passport stamped, and there's a prize when you fill your passport.
2016 Winning Passport Drawing (below, to be featured on the 2017 Passport cover)
National Estuaries Week is a terrific opportunity to learn more about estuaries and the perfect excuse to spend time on FIdalgo Bay.
Contact us or click "Get Involved" above to learn about volunteer opportunities and hands-on citizen science in your nearby bay or estuary, participate in a guided walk, or simply explore your estuary with family and friends. Right here in Skagit County we have some of the most beautiful and productive estuaries in the nation. But you may be wondering . . .
What is an estuary?
An estuary is a partially enclosed body of water formed by fresh water from rivers flowing into and mixing with ocean saltwater. Often, the fresh water is prevented
from flowing into the open ocean by land masses such as peninsulas, islands, or surrounding salt marshes. This makes estuaries unique environments that sustain a diverse biological community of plants and animals. Some of the most commonly known estuaries in the United States are the Chesapeake Bay, Puget Sound, and the Indian River Lagoon. [Restore America's Estuaries]
(Diagram from Taking Nature's Pulse: Section 2: B.C.'s Natural Legacy)