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Marine Species ID at Bush Pt – Whidbey

May 6, 2023 @ 11:00 am 1:00 pm

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chiton at Bush Point 5.2021
Chiton at Bush Point 5.2021

Guide: Jeanie McElwain with other Stewards

Max Group size = 20

If not full one week before, trip is open to all Stewards.

Guide & SWS Contact: Jeanie McElwain, (812) 340-1259, epiphany@whidbey.net with possible assistance from PaulBen, Lee Badovinus and Nancy Neudecker

Location: Bush Point Boat Launch, Getting to the Water’s Edge (GTWE) #38, Whidbey

Meet: 231 East Spyglass Drive, Freeland, WA. From HWY 525 just North of Freeland, turn West onto Bush Point Rd (becomes Smugglers Cove Rd) for 2.7 miles, fork left onto Scurlock Rd. for 0.75 miles, then left onto Spyglass Dr. Public access and boat launch are on right at bottom of hill. Continue left around the corner to large paved parking lot. The public access includes about 15 feet either side of boat launch.

Key site info: No stopping is allowed on the beach in front of the private house on either side of the access, but you can walk 400 feet North along the tideline past the houses to reach a long public beach at the foot of the bluff, popular for fishing or beach walking (GTWE pg. 78).

Jeanie McElwain bio photo 300x300
Jeanie McElwain

Jeanie McElwain, Class of 2003, helps you discover the diversity of minus-tide marine species using your EZ ID laminated guides. 

Suggestion: knee pads or gardening pad, water boots or shoes, hiking poles that can get wet, camera for upclose pictures

Jeanie McElwain leads the SWS Intertidal Monitoring Program and Species ID Beach Training. She serves on the Board of Directors, Whidbey Steering Committee (WSC), Education Committee, Volunteer Education and Training Committee (VETC) Field Trip Team, Community Science Committee (CSC), Bluff Erosion Study Co-Coordinator with her husband PaulBen McElwain, and leads the Distribution Team for Getting to the Waters Edge.

In advance, please review:

species ID
species ID on low tide
Bush Point 5.2021 Octopus - Kaili Find
In May 2021, under the kelp blades in shallow water, Kaili found a tiny young octopus.