Beach Naturalists

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Working to protect our nearshore area

The Bainbridge Beach Naturalists create opportunities for the public to explore our Bainbridge Island beaches and nearshore areas with trained naturalists. During low tide events, we are on the beach looking for the amazing sea life that shares our shores with us.

Bainbridge Beach Naturalists also provide beach monitoring for organizations such as the Bainbridge Island Land Trust and the City of Bainbridge Island. This work enables us to observe changes in beach composition, elevation, and variety and density of species on our beaches.  We also work on the mussel cage program with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to assess pollutants in stormwater runoff.  And we participate in the Washington Sea Grant Green Crab monitoring program.

The beach naturalists have been trained by the WSU Extension Beach Naturalists program and the Seattle Aquarium Beach Naturalist program.

Beach explorations are announced via email to interested citizens and by articles in the monthly Sustainable Bainbridge enewsletters.  To sign up to receive announcements of scheduled explorations, sign up at the bottom of this page, enter your email and select “beach explorers” from the list of options.

Join us on the beach!

What We Do and How We Inform

Beach Explorations

Opportunities to join us on the beach!

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Citizen Science

Mussels and Sea Stars and Crabs, Oh My!

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Beach Monitoring

What’s in our nearshore area?

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Actions You Can Take

Chehalis River Dam?

The Chehalis River in western Washington supports several salmon runs.  The river also can cause damage from flooding as a result of logging of trees in the upper watershed.   Now there is a plan to dam an upper stretch of the river, which will destroy important salmon spawning habitat.  You can learn more about the project in this video.

Dungeness Wildlife Refuge

A corporation intends to industrialize 34-acres of our publicly-owned Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge with 80,000 plastic bags of oysters.  The U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Washington State Department of Ecology are interested in your comments.

Our Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge in Washington State’s Salish Sea is one of the most pristine national refuges. This Refuge was dedicated in 1915 for its abundance of eelgrass which sustains migrating and resident birds, their feeder fish and salmon.  The site hosts more than 250 species of birds, some of which nest and raise their young here. The 5.5 mile spit is one of the longest in the world and is a major U.S. attraction.           

 For background information visit this site.

Cooke Netpens

Cooke is required to remove the non-native Atlantic salmon from their netpens off the south part of Bainbridge Island.  However, now they are requesting permits to fill these same pens with engineered “steelhead.”  While steelhead are native to our waters, the fish they are proposing to put in our waters are a far different creature from what we can find in our marine and freshwater environments.  The Washington Department of Ecology is accepting comments about the requested permits through this link.

Beach Naturalist Events

Beach Exploration

July 5 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Beach Cleanup

September 20 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Beach Naturalist News

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