Recent news and events

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Fidalgo Bay Day 2017

Fidalgo Bay Day is one of the best days of the year! Come join us for a free, fun, family outing at our 14th annual Fidalgo Bay Day event! This year promises to be one of the best with tons of activities, crafts, passport stations, a touch tank, oysters and chowder and so much more! Read more »

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Volunteer Contest- Win Tickets to “Taste of Padilla Bay”

Win a Pair of Tickets to “Taste of Padilla Bay” An anonymous donor has graciously offered a pair or tickets to the Padilla Bay Foundation’s upcoming “Taste of Padilla Bay” auction dinner for a Coastal Volunteer Partnership volunteer to win! In order for you to win the pair of tickets to this phenomenal event you Read more »

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Bull Kelp Citizen Science Flash Survey

What would a Pacific Northwest summer be without amazing kelp beds which harbor and support incredible amounts of sea life and create vertical habitat within the Salish Sea? The Bull Kelp Protection & Recovery Project is an incredible project that all 7 Marine Resources Committees within the Northwest Straits Region are participating in, in order to document where Read more »

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Dine & Discover Bay View

Celebrate clean water at the 2nd annual Dine & Discover Bay View Community BBQ and Celebration!   This is a free community event celebrating the impacts of clean water on our neighbors, businesses, and environment. Bring your family and picnic gear to eat delicious local food (including Bow Hill Blueberry Sauce, Lopez Island Creamery Ice Read more »


Celebrate Puget Sound with a Cold Beer!

Join the Skagit Marine Resources Committee and the Northwest Straits Foundation on Wednesday, May 24th from 5-8pm at H20 Anacortes Brewery at 314 Commercial Ave in Anacortes. This will be a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the members of your local Skagit Marine Resources Committee, the projects we are working on locally and as Read more »

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D.A.S.S.H. “Doing a Sprint for Samish Health”

Join the Skagit Conservation and Education Alliance (SCEA) for their 2nd annual D.A.S.S.H (Doing a Sprint for Samish Health” 5k on Saturday, March 4th 2017 from 10:00am-2:00pm! This awesome all-ages 5k family fun run will be held at Allen Elementary School this year. D.A.S.S.H. is focused on educating community members about clean water here in Read more »


How Clean is Your Neighborhood Stream?

Have you ever wondered about the status of the creeks, streams and rivers in Skagit County? Don’t miss out on this annual meeting to update residents of Skagit County about water quality issues that hit close to home. This presentation is a hit every year, so mark your calendar today!

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Matching Grant Opportunity

Friends of Skagit Beaches (FOSB) has offered a special opportunity to raise up to $10,000 to support the Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay with a matching grant of $5,000. To take full advantage FOSB is hoping members and community supporters alike will consider making a special CVP Matching Grant Donation to help us achieve our goal for 2017. Read more »

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Lecture Series #2: “The Fishes of the Salish Sea”

Will you join us on Friday, February 17th from 7:00-8:30pm for the second Friends of Skagit Beaches lecture? Come early to the Northwest ESD Building at 1601 R Avenue in Anacortes since last time we reached our maximum capacity. Jay Orr, PhD, research fisheries biologist, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, Seattle, WA Pacific viperfish, northern Read more »


Invasive Green Crab Training

Join the training team from Washington State Sea Grant and the University of Washington to learn all about the invasive European green crab, what their presence in the Puget Sound could mean, and what is being done to monitor their presence. Volunteers should be prepared to commit to monitoring a selected site once monthly from Read more »


Salish Sea Stewards 2017: Registration Open

This ten-week volunteer training program is offered by the Skagit Marine Resources Committee in conjunction with the Coastal Volunteer Partnership at Padilla Bay. The Salish Sea Stewards training course includes 40 hours of classroom style presentations, lectures, and hands on learning. Participants also register for an additional 10 hours of field-based hands on training for Read more »

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Lecture Series #1: The Whales are Coming!

For the Friends of Skagit Beaches first lecture in the 2017 Lecture Series, come listen to research and insights on Northwest Coast Humpback, Blue, and Gray Whales and their occurrence in our waters.  Some whale species now use Salish Sea waters more frequently than in the past and in ways we had not realized. Research biologist John Read more »

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A Plastic Ocean: Film Screening

Invitation to Special Showing – A Plastic Ocean A Plastic Ocean is an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the impact plastic is having on our oceans and the marine mammals that live there.  Explorers Craig Leeson and Tanya Streeter and a team Read more »


New Interpretive Signage at Bowman Bay

Check out the new interpretive signage at Bowman Bay! Join the Northwest Straits Foundation, Skagit Marine Resources Committee, Deception Pass State Park and many more to celebrate the completion of the Bowman Bay nearshore restoration project on November 17th from 2:30–4 PM! Light refreshments and warm beverages will be provided. Come celebrate this phenomenal project with Read more »


‘Meat and potatoes of the marine food system’ returns to Elwha

Need a good news story? Read about the return of the all important forage fish to the Elwah! Read the article »


Bottled Water or Tap: How Much Does Your Choice Matter?

Ever wondered how much of an impact your beverage choices have on our environment? Check out this interactive quiz on your comsumption patterns to learn more about how you can take a proactive step to protecting the Salish Sea and beyond. Share this short quiz and encourage your friends and family to use reusable water Read more »


Red Pacific Octopus

Bella, our eastern red pacific octopus has been out stretching all morning. Come by and see her this week at the Padilla Bay Reserve, Tuesday-Saturday from 10 AM–5 PM!


Recognizing Avian Behaviors

Free class at Padilla Bay this Saturday: Each encounter with a feathered friend is an opportunity to get to know not only who it is, but what it is doing in our shared environment. The “Art of Seeing” and not just looking, it is pursuing a fuller appreciation of parallels between life forms. We will briefly Read more »


6-rayed Sea Star Spawning

The Leptasterias hexactis or 6-rayed sea star, started spawning this morning after a partial water change at the Padilla Bay Aquarium! Leptasterias stars are unique in that the males will broadcast spawn their sperm into the water colum, and the females brood the fertilized eggs near their stomachs. The development of juvenile leptasterias stars takes Read more »