WSU Snohomish County Extension Beach Watchers are involved in many projects that protect Puget Sound. Beach Watchers have created many of the projects listed below, with some choosing to take leadership roles. Many other Beach Watchers staff these events. Check out the following descriptions of our primary projects!
Education Projects include Winter Starlight Beach Walks, Youth Education Field Trips and Classroom Lectures, Summer Beach Naturalist Days, Recreational Crabber Education, Festival Outreach, Veterinary Clinic Outreach and Facebook communications.
Research Projects change all the time. In 2018, our three primary projects are Intertidal Beach Characterizations, Marine Water Quality Monitoring and starting an Oil Spill Monitoring program. We are always looking for ways to support researches, regulators and land managers in understanding the natural resources around us through high quality data collection efforts.
In 2017, we also started a Stewardship Project at Howarth Park Beach in Everett, WA. Every other month, Beach Watchers and Beach Naturalists gather at the beach to collect and remove litter and recyclables from the shoreline.
Through the Beach Watcher program, volunteers get connected with a vast array of other organizations with similar Salish Sea conservation missions. Thus, many Beach Watchers also volunteer with organizations like the Seattle Aquarium, UW’s COASST Seabird Monitoring project, NOAA, Marine Mammal Stranding Networks, Sound Salmon Solutions, the Snohomish Marine Resources Committee (MRC), the Adopt A Stream Foundation and other restoration projects. We encourage Beach Watchers to share their passion and their knowledge with the many organizations working to protect and restore Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea.
Find more about our upcoming events!