We are a non-profit marine environmental education organizaton dedicated to inspring stewardship of the Puget Sound. Our programs take place on the beach, in the classroom and at special events in the City of Gig Harbor and throughout the Key Peninsula. Our motto is to "Learn. Have fun."
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Beach Monitoring THIS week, Cocktails & Fishtales Review, Pygmy Rock Crab Feature & Moss Maintenance Tips
Wildside Weekly Beach Monitoring THIS week, Cocktails & Fishtales Review, Pygmy Rock Crab Feature & Moss Maintenance Tips Wildside Weekly June 27, 2022 FEATURED EVENTS - BEACH MONITORING Join us on the beach for some
The Pygmy rock crab, Glebocarcinus oregonensis, is most at home in caves and crevices. They even inhabit giant barnacle shells after the barnacle has died. They have black tipped pinchers, and an oval carapace. This one looks like a nosey neighbor, peering out the window to see what drama is going down in the tidepools.
While most biologists detest common names, “Feather Boa Kelp” is one we can definitely get behind. Egregia menziesii is the only member of its genius, and is found all along the west coast of North America, in rocky, wave-swept intertidal locations. It’s rare to see in the inner waters of Puget Sound, but quite common where there is more current. This species truly resembles a feather boa, with bladelets and pneumatocysts extending from a thick strap-like stripe. It’s the perfect intertidal fashion accessory too.
See the salmon, see the trees, see how your PCD protects the land and the sea!
Join the New executive director of the Pierce Conservation District to see how the district can help you protect our local salmon habitat!
Dana Coggon joined the District in February 2022. Her passion is connecting people to the places they love and inspiring all to value the natural wonders of our region. Before coming to PCD, Dana spent 15 years as the Director of the Kitsap County Noxious Weed control board, where she worked directly with landowners to establish healthy ecosystems. At the District she supports staff to educate and inspire community members to be innovative environmental stewards. As she does this, she works hard to create a team environment of equity and inclusion. Dana plans to continue to build on the excellent work done by the District to support community-driven solutions to our most pressing environmental challenges, and is excited to implement the 2021-2025Strategic Plan. I believe when we take care of our land and water ways, we also contribute to the health of people, our communities, and our economy. - Dana Coggon
Cocktails & Fishtales is Harbor WildWatch's science-social series. Held monthly, these programs feature a scientist, researcher, or environmental artist on an ecological topic. While these programs are traditionally 21+ and held at a local taproom or venue, during the pandemic they have shifted to an online format for all ages. They continue to serve as an engaging and interactive way to learn about the environment, and bring together eco-enthusiasts from our local community... and, now, beyond. Questions and interaction are highly encouraged!
Cocktails & Fishtales are educational events. As such, Harbor WildWatch does not endorse any speaker, service, or product represented at Cocktails & Fishtales.
To access Facebook Live events, simply search Harbor WildWatch on Facebook at the scheduled time to find the live feed on our page. For Live events, please check website calendar or Facebook for possible schedule changes. The videos will always post in full once the live stream ends, so feel free to catch up with any content you miss by scrolling through our page. These videos will also get posted to youtube. All times are posted as PST.
Wildside Weekly: Cocktails & Fish Tales TONIGHT, Jr. Naturalist Workshop Registration is OPEN, Beach Monitoring Continues & a Stewardship Tip
Wildside Weekly Cocktails & Fish Tales TONIGHT, Jr. Naturalist Workshop Registration is OPEN, Beach Monitoring Continues & a Stewardship Tip Wildside Weekly June 22, 2022 FEATURED EVENTS Cocktails & Fishtales June 2
Today is the day (6/22)! We are SO excited to host @danacoggon from @pierceconservationdistrict for tonight’s Cocktails & Fishtales presentation. Tune in to the Harbor WildWatch page at 6pm PST to have your questions answered live or enjoy the program after the event of FB or YouTube. Cheers!!!
Swag? yes please! Thanks so much to Sean from @riteintherain for all the goodies! Rite in the Rain paper is just the thing for these soggy rainy PNW days. We use this for our beach monitoring. Thanks again!
There are still a few spots left in our first Jr. Naturalist workshop of the year! Sign-up on our website before it's full! https://harborwildwatch.org/jr-naturalist-registration/
Here’s the reason behind the extreme low tides this week.
If you go exploring the intertidal zone, Remember to be a good GUEST
G- gently touch animals like you would touch your own eye lid. A wet pet is fine, but a poke, pry, or push is too much.
U- use your head as a size guide for rocks you can LIFT (never roll rocks, especially large ones) to examine animals underneath.
E- everything stays where you find it. So put that rock right back, and never move animals from place to place.
S- step lightly on the beach and move slowly. It will help you see animals and avoid stepping on them and keep you safe from injury too.
T- take your belongings and trash with you. Leave only footprints.
Feel free to tag us in your social media posts or message us any questions you might have about what sea life you discover. (Be patient with our reply time; we get lots of requests)
Learn. Have Fun!
Lowest tides in 13 years coming to Puget Sound Puget Sound should see its lowest tides in more than a decade on Wednesday and Thursday.
Wildside Weekly: Jr. Naturalist Workshop Registration is OPEN, Beach Monitoring for the LOWEST tides THIS week & Staghorn Sculpin Feature
Wildside Weekly Jr. Naturalist Workshop Registration is OPEN, Beach Monitoring for the LOWEST tides THIS week & Staghorn Sculpin Feature Wildside Weekly June 13, 2022 FEATURED EVENTS June 25: Jr. Naturalist Workshop
Wildside Weekly: Register for Salt Creek Fundraiser Tide Pooling Adventure, Tacoma Ocean Fest THIS Weekend, Upcoming Beach Monitoring, Special Presentation & New Orca Exhibit!
Wildside Weekly Register for Salt Creek Fundraiser Tide Pooling Adventure, Tacoma Ocean Fest THIS Weekend, Upcoming Beach Monitoring, Special Presentation & New Orca Exhibit! Wildside Weekly June 7, 2022 FEATURED EVE
While we were getting ready to unveil our newest Orca exhibit, the real orcas were visiting Fox Island! This pod of Orcas put on a exciting show under the bridge on Thursday. If you’re not out chasing whales, you can stop by and see the new exhibit this weekend at the Maritime Gig Festival from 12-4 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Thanks to @nenners52 for capturing this amazing moment and allowing us to share.
Harbor WildWatch is excited to collaborate with other local environmental partners to present a complimentary educational seminar on Estate Planning.
Gig Harbor's own Kira Rubel of Harbor Law Group is an expert in helping people plan for the future in a way that will maximize their estates and ensure their wishes are followed. The decisions you make today can make a huge difference in how and where your hard-earned money is distributed after you pass. Kira will share stories of "estates done well" as well as what happens when people "fail to plan".
We hope you will join us for this informative event.
Wildside Weekly: Beach Monitoring THIS Week, Gig Fest THIS WEEKEND, Student Spotlight, Stubby Squid Feature, and Cocktails & Fishtales Review
Wildside Weekly Beach Monitoring THIS Week, Gig Fest THIS WEEKEND, Student Spotlight, Stubby Squid Feature, and Cocktails & Fishtales Review Wildside Weekly June 1, 2022 FEATURED EVENTS June 1 & 2: Beach Monitoring J
We’re up to something! The Skansie Visitor and Interpretive Center will remain closed this week while we work on setting up a new exhibit! Stop by this weekend to check it out during the Maritime Gig Fest!
Barnacles are often overlooked at the beach, but a careful observer is rewarded when the tide returns. Barnacles eat with their feet, kicking them out into the water to snag passing plankton.
Can you guess what these beach visitors are doing? Another low tide beach walk tomorrow at Penrose Ppint state park.
Last week’s low tide series along the Puyallup Watershed beaches in Commencement Bay thrilled us with many surprises. Now only did we get to explore some new beaches, but we even got to learn about a new species we haven’t seen before. This snail, probably a variegated amphissa snail, was one of several that were observed at the edge of the negative tide along Chinese Reconciliation park in Tacoma. And we saw several green urchins too.
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Wildside Weekly: Cocktails & Fishtales TOMORROW (5/25), Special Beach Walk To Salt Creek, How to be a GUEST at the Beach & Upcoming Low Tide Beach Walks and Beach Monitoring Events
Wildside Weekly Cocktails & Fishtales TOMORROW (5/25), Special Beach Walk To Salt Creek, How to be a GUEST at the Beach & Upcoming Lowtide Beach Walks and Beach Monitoring Events Wildside Weekly May 24, 2022 FEATURED
Join us for this month’s Cocktails & Fishtales digital event featuring the one, the only, Adam Obaza with @pauamarineresearch group! He will be giving us an update on all things rockfish including how our monthly community science rockfish survey trainings and club dives with @tacoma_scuba have helped better understand trends in important rockfish species. We’d be remiss if we didn’t say, this presentation is going to ROCK! Tune in to the Harbor WildWatch page for the broadcast of this presentation at 6pm PST and have your questions answered live!
Happy World Bee Day! Check out the gorgeous rhododendron flowers outside the Skansie Visitor and Interpretive Center and you’re sure to see many bees buzzing. There are many things you can do to protect our native bees like avoiding pesticides and planting flowers.
Wildside Weekly: Low Tide Beach Walks THIS WEEK, Rockfish Feature & Ocean Friendly Sunscreens
Wildside Weekly Low Tide Beach Walks THIS WEEK, Rockfish Feature & Ocean Friendly Sunscreens Wildside Weekly May 18, 2022 FEATURED EVENTS Facebook Low Tide Events Low Tide Beach Walks May 19, 1pm Thea's Park May 20,
20 preschoolers visited the intertidal zone of Sunrise Beach today. The tide was exceptionally low and these students were so careful with the creatures. The find of the day was a Pacific Red Octopus, crawling along the eelgrass. We have 4 more days of low tides and more opportunities to explore the shore. Tomorrow, join Rachel at Dickman Mill park in Tacoma at 12:30.
Yesterday our wonderfully dedicated group of volunteers gathered together to learn and have fun. It poured rain the entire time, but you wouldn’t know it from the smiles on their faces. We saw many exciting finds like leather sea stars, moon snails, nudibranchs, anemones, chitons, and gunnels. Volunteers are such an important part of what we do each year and we are so excited to be on the beach with these lovely humans.
Wildside Weekly: Beach Walk Volunteer Training Field Trip, Water Quality Testing, Belted Kingfisher Feature & Tips for Using Less Fertilizer
Wildside Weekly Beach Walk Volunteer Training Field Trip, Belted Kingfisher Feature & Tips for Using Less Fertilizer Wildside Weekly May 11, 2022 FEATURED EVENTS Volunteer Registration Volunteer Training Beach Walk T
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Wildside Weekly: GiveBIG until MIDNIGHT, Volunteer Training, Brittle Stars & Field Trips
Wildside Weekly GiveBIG until MIDNIGHT, Volunteer Training, Brittle Stars & Field Trips Wildside Weekly May 4, 2022 FEATURED EVENTS Donate! There's Still Time to GiveBIG This year, we are asking our fans to help us r
Harbor WildWatch is dedicated to providing opportunities for learning about local ecosystems in a fun and engaging way.
Our main areas of activity are two-fold:
1. Hands on interpretive programs at local area beaches that introduce the public to the local marine life and encourage respect for the wildlife around us; public talks; school workshops; and a Youth Naturalist Training program.
2. Development of resource materials for the public, including: Puget Sound's Wildside: A Natural History of Puget Sound's Marine Environment reference guide; permanent signage around Gig Harbor, neighborhood parks, and state beaches; brochures about local wildlife; and other projects that teach about the marine environment.
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