People are Curious…

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And, Sound Water Stewards are eager to share what we have learned …

At shoreline events, Sound Water Stewards will create learning opportunities that connect people with local marine life on local beaches — and share sustainability actions to preserve the marine environment!

whale bites (pits)

Species and processes to be highlighted:

  • plankton, diatoms 
  • grey whales, ghost shrimp 
  • invasive green crabs, native crabs 
  • marine birds, pigeon guillemots
  • forage fish, eelgrass, bull kelp
  • sea stars, sunflower stars
  • clams, mussels, plankton
  • northern giant hornets
  • bluff erosion and beach processes
  • native trees and plants: Pacific Madrone, Douglas Fir, Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar, Big-Leaf Maple, Salal, mosses, ferns
  • tides and tide charts

We will give out a hand lens to all participants to take a closer look, plus a Junior Steward booklet for youth.

Everyone can play a role in stewardship.

To be notified when these events get scheduled, please contact Camano-Coord@SoundWaterStewards.org.


Locations and what YOU can see there (depending on the season and tides):

Leque Island

  • Heron rookery
  • marine birds
  • salmon habitat restoration

Iverson Spit Preserve

  • varnish clams, Eastern soft-shell clams
  • ghost shrimp (sand shrimp), sculpins
  • driftwood
  • freshwater pond, former beaver dam
  • seasonal marine birds: herons, hooded mergansers, eagles, green-winged teals, mallards, buffleheads, seagulls

Barnum Point

  • bluff erosion
  • holes in bluff that various birds use for nests
  • freshwater pond, ducks
  • native and invasive plants
  • whale bites: in season, on minus tides
  • marine birds: goldeneyes, herons, mergansers, eagles, cormorants, grebes, surf scoters, buffleheads , hawks, and seagulls

Camano Island State Park

  • bluff erosion
  • native trees and plants: Pacific Madrone, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Big-Leaf Maple, mosses, ferns, Salal, snowberry, kinnickinnick
  • plankton
  • snail eggs on rocks
  • eelgrass beds with brownish diatoms
  • Bald eagles

Cama Beach State Park

  • minus-tide species (tides below 0.0 feet) in the eelgrass and under rocks
  • Cranberry Lake wetlands with water plants and water birds
  • bluff erosion
  • Bald eagles
  • native trees and plants: Pacific Madrone, Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Big-Leaf Maple, mosses, ferns, Salal, snowberry, kinnickinnick
  • sand dollars

Maple Grove Boat Launch AND Utsalady Boat Launch

  • forage fish – at high tide
  • barnacle eating nudibranch – at minus tide

Camano View Road

  • Pigeon Guillemot

The more funds we raise, the more shoreline events we will be able to present.

When people connect with nature, they become eager to protect it. Everyone can play a role in stewardship.

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