Begin Your Adventure By Exploring Each Organization's Activities Below
Skagit Marine Resources Committee
#1 MARINE SHORELINE HABITAT SCAVENGER HUNT
(Bowman Bay - Deception Pass State Park)
Visit Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park at low tide to look for healthy marine shoreline habitat features including: Large Woody Debris, Beach wrack, Shoreline Vegetation, Overhanging Trees, Forage Fish Spawning Habitat, Eelgrass, Bull Kelp, and Interpretive Signs.
Samish Indian Nation
#2 THE MAIDEN OF DECEPTION PASS:
LEARN THE SAMISH STORY
(Rosario Beach - Deception Pass State Park)
Lean about the Samish Indian Nation and their relationship to the Salish Sea, through the documentary "The Maiden of Deception Pass" and a visit to the Maiden at Deception Pass State Park. Reflect upon the Samish philosophy of relationship with the waters around us. The Maiden story is shared by Samish Citizens to explain our relationship to the Salish Sea. Today Samish Citizens honor the water by taking care of it and celebrating it in lots of different ways, from cleaning beaches, to science and education to songs, stories, and canoe journeys. How do you celebrate the gifts of the Salish Sea, and how do you take care of your home?
The SeaDoc Society
#3 JUNIOR SEADOCTORS
INTERTIDAL BIOBLIZ BINGO
(Rosario Beach - Deception Pass State Park)
Participants may sign up for Junior SeaDoctors online club (www.juniorseadoctors.org) to receive a member-ship card, welcome note, and free Salish Sea Wildlife ID Guide, which they can take to the Rosario Tidepools (while visiting Kokwalalwet for the Samish activity) or another intertidal area. Here they will identify intertidal life and mark it off on their Intertidal BioBlitz Bingo card. Don’t forget to take the Sealife Stewardship Pledge!
#4 iNATURALIST MARINE SHORELINE
SUMMER OBSERVATION PROJECT
(Rosario Beach, Washington Park, or Similk Beach)
Get some fresh air, take some photos, and help us discover what species are in our community this summer! RE Sources and the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee will be conducting an iNaturalist Summer Marine Shoreline Observation Project and we need your help! Our focus is to explore the marine shorelines of Skagit and Whatcom Counties with the goal of documenting as many species as possible. It’s easy to participate, and everyone is welcome. We can’t wait to see what everyone finds!
**If you are not able to make it out to the beach, you can still participate remotely by reviewing and identifying observations on our project page.***
RE Sources field guides and past presentations on Intertidal Critters at this link
Friends of Skagit Beaches
#5 FORAGE FISH - UNSUNG HEROES
OF THE SALISH SEA
(Fidalgo Bay RV Resort, Anacortes)
Forage Fish are critical to the health of the Salish Sea. This activity will help you learn more about them and understand why they are so important. Get ready to practice your skills as a “Citizen Scientist” by conducting research and doing some field observations.
Skagit Land Trust
#6 MEET THE GREAT BLUE HERON!
(Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve)
Skagit Land Trust helps to protect Fidalgo Bay and all of the animals that depend on a healthy habitat for their livelihood. One of the birds you often see on the bay is a great blue heron. How much do you know about these beautiful creatures? There are five questions. See how many you can answer!
Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
#7 BIRDS ON THE BAY SCAVENGER HUNT
(Any Beach or Shoreline)
Print out this bird chart, get your binoculars out, and see how many of these birds you can spot on the water or on the shore. Don’t forget to note where and when you saw them, watch for a few minutes to see what they’re doing, and share your photos.
The Salish Sea School
#8 REDUCE PLASTICS - BECOME A PUFFIN PROTECTOR
Help fight back against plastic pollution! Every little action we take to reduce our consumption of plastic is a big step in protecting the future of our planet and our precious wildlife. Complete at least one 'Eco-Friendly Swap' to receive a Puffin Protection sticker from the Salish Sea School and learn more about Tufted Puffins.
Pacific Mammal Research
#9 SPOT A MARINE MAMMAL
(Washington Park, Anacortes)
Spot a marine mammal! Go to Washington Park where you can see Burrows Pass, either on one of the trails or at the overlook at the top of the loop road. Harbor porpoises and harbor seals are often seen here – your job is to spot one, or more!
Help us learn more about these animals by sending your sightings to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit https://pacmam.org/wp/resources/ for
information about each species, then post a picture and share a fact you learned!
#10 WAYS TO HELP THE WHALES
OF THE SALISH SEA
Whales need clean, healthy water and plenty of food to survive. Some of the whales in the Salish Sea are struggling and they need your help! You can get involved by keeping your neighborhoods clean, learning about local Salish Sea whales and the food chain they depend on, and then teaching others by sharing what you have learned. The activities provided are a stepping stone so you can use your actions and your voice to help protect these wonderful whales.
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Resarch Reserve
#11 THE PADILLA BAY LETTERBOX TRAIL
(Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve)
Letterboxing is an exciting opportunity for kids of all ages to explore our local watersheds and have fun while doing so! There are seven letterbox trail stations located at Padilla Bay. Each station has a poster with information about a certain topic and 1-3 activities to do at each station. Follow the clues to find each letterbox stations along the trail. When you find a Letterbox Station, draw something you see. For extra fun, bring your smart phone to scan QR codes.
Washington Department of Natural Resources
#12 PROTECT OUR BEACHES
(At Home or Any Beach)
Make a pledge to become a better environmental steward of your home and check off the activities that you can do to help protect our beaches! Do you know what the difference is between a native species and an invasive species?
City of Anacortes and Port of Anacortes
#13 LOW IMPACT DEVELOPMENT STORMWATER SCAVENGER HUNT
(Anacortes - or in Your Neighborhood or Town)
Rain washes what it touches (oil, dirt, trash) into the Salish Sea. There are many things you can do to help protect the Salish Sea. Some examples are: sweeping sidewalks and driveways instead of hosing it to the storm drain, never dump anything into a storm drain, and fix leaks on your car so that it isn’t dripping oil onto our roads where it can enter our waterways. The City of Anacortes, the Port of Anacortes and our neighbors are also installing features that help clean the water before it gets to the Salish Sea! We have some examples below, see if you can find something similar in your neighborhood or town and share a photo on Instagram #FidalgoBayDay2020.
Skagit County Public Works Clean Water Program
#14 HELP KEEP OUR WATERWAYS CLEAN
(Skagit County Administration Building, Mount Vernon and Taylor Shellfish Farms, Samish Bay)
Clean water is important to everyone, including shellfish and other marine life! Studies have shown that stormwater pollution from our roadways can have harmful impacts on salmon and orcas. Humans can also get sick from eating shellfish harvested from polluted waters. Try one or more of the scavenger hunt activities to learn why clean water is so important and the different actions that can be taken to keep our water ways clean.