“Amazing Kelp”

“Amazing Kelp”

April 28.  10 a.m. – 12 noon at The Smith and Minor Island Aquatic Preserve, Libbey Beach County Park (GTWE #20)

Kelp have been called “the powerhouse that drives the shallow-water ecosystem”, and Whidbey Island hosts the largest bull kelp bed in Washington State. We will explore the rich and many and varied kinds of kelp in this thriving ecosystem, learn to easily recognize the most common varieties, and explore their ancient and magical history. We will also learn about the many life-forms they support, how to harvest them sustainably, and how they help sustain and enrich the ecosystem of the Salish Sea.

We will be joined by Rick Baker, who will share his rich knowledge of the kelp with us. Rick chaired the Preserve’s Citizen Stewardship Committee, which monitored species and harvest levels and reported its data to the Washington Department of Natural Resources.

This is the first in a study group series on “Pacific Northeast Seaweeds” hosted as an ID Study Group of the Whidbey Intertidal Monitoring Committee. All SWS members and trainees are welcome. Masks and Social Distancing are required.  Wear waterproof boots or shoes. Walking sticks advised. Max 12 households + speakers.

Use the SignUpGenius to sign up. Questions welcome – e-mail Jeanie McElwain epiphany@whidbey.net. with “Amazing Kelp” in the subject.

This is a continuation of the Study Groups we have done for years under the Whidbey Intertidal Monitoring Committee, which is a Science project. This is an on-site study session that is open to all members.