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May 2015
May 2015

Sat. 2 May, 2015

Introduced Plants & Grasses (Sat. 2 May, 2015 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Few of the plants along the trail were here before early Europeans arrived, and others were originally introduced and cultivated by native people. Plant expert, Dr. Mary Rose will explore the interactions of the introduced plants, how humans have used them and how together they have changed the landscape.

Mon. 11 May, 2015

Sun. 17 May, 2015

Intertidal Monitoring Training (Sun. 17 May, 2015 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Several Skagit and Whatcom County organizations are collaborating to host free volunteer citizen science training in April and May that will be taught by expert marine biologists and educators.  We will teach you to identify and count beach and intertidal plants and animals found on our local beaches. You will learn what plants and animals live high up on the beach and those that live low, and are usually covered by water. This training leads to a great volunteer option for anyone who loves the beach and wants to know more about the life found there. A special emphasis in the training is put on identifying and counting the organisms as part of a citizen science initiative. In addition, the survey work performs a vital function to monitor for invasive species, and detect changes in the make-up of species as conditions of these sites change over time with restoration projects, or changes from natural and human influences.

After training, you will be considered a vetted citizen scientist volunteer eligible to collect data in low-tide intertidal surveys with these many groups.  In Skagit County, we will collect baseline data at the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserves, and pre-restoration data for Northwest Straits Foundation and Skagit Marine Resources Committee at Bowman Bay, Shannon Point, and NW March's Point. Surveys are sponsored by the Whatcom & Skagit County Marine Resources Committees, the Cherry Point and Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committees, the Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay, and the Northwest Straits Foundation. Training will be conducted by RE Sources' North Sound Baykeeper program, with assistance from volunteer experts and our partners listed above.

We ask anyone who is new to this work to attend both the classroom & field training sessions to be considered eligible to help with the surveys. We strongly encourage all veteran monitors to attend both sessions as changes have been made to the sampling protocol since last year.  Minors over age 14 are welcome to participate so long as a guardian is present. Training is free to all!

To register for Skagit County Training, please contact Catherine Buchalski at 360-428-1559 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Training Dates for Skagit County:

Classroom Session- Sunday April 19, 9am-3pm at the Fidalgo Bay Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd, Anacortes.
Field training Sunday May 17, 9 am-12 PM at Sunset Beach, Washington Park, Anacortes

Survey Dates for Skagit County:

Fidalgo Bay: May 18, May 20, July 31 and August 1
Bowman Bay: June 17
Shannon Point: July 1
Northwest March's Point: July 29

We hope that all volunteers will help with at least 1 survey. Sign-ups will happen during training.

Thu. 21 May, 2015

Guided Walk: Small to TALL - Native Plants of the Fidalgo Shoreline (Thu. 21 May, 2015 10:30 am - 12:00 pm)

Many native plants - from small flowering perennials to TALL evergreen and deciduous trees - are leafing out or blooming during May to make identification easy. This walk led by native plant naturalists will also highlight the interesting ways that the native plants and the animals that share the shore habitat depend on each other. The walk is suitable for children, Anacortes residents and visitors alike. Walks take place on a flat paved handicapped accessible trail. For complete program details, visit

Thu. 28 May, 2015

Sign Dedication Planning Meeting (Thu. 28 May, 2015 9:30 am - 11:30 am)

Workshop and preparation for everyone helping with the June 13th sign Dedication event.

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