Celebrate the Fidalgo Bay Estuary - with a Scavenger Hunt
Fidalgo Bay Day & National Estuaries Day
2020 brings new family activities as Fidalgo Bay Day becomes a month long scavenger hunt for our local friends and families! Friends of Skagit Beaches has teamed up with other community partners to help host the Skagit Marine Resources Committee's (SMRC) Fidalgo Bay Day and celebrate one of Skagit County's most important resources - the estuaries and aquatic reserve.
Families have a wonderful time and we invite kids (of all ages) to 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 after it is all filled in!
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)