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Happy @World Ocean Day !
Harbor WildWatch has a brand new Orca Exhibit inside the Skansie House right next to Skansie Park. This is a traveling exhibit so it's very special and won't be with us forever...don't miss it! Perhaps when you are at the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Farmers Market tomorrow (or any Thursday this summer from 1-7ish) you will have the opportunity to drop in and see the exhibit, visit the touch tanks and see all of the other cool stuff inside!
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Happy World Ocean Day Gig Harbor!

Harbor WildWatch has a brand new Orca Exhibit inside the Skansie House right next to Skansie Park. This is a traveling exhibit so it's very special and won't be with us forever...don't miss it! Perhaps when you are at the Waterfront Farmers Market tomorrow (or any Thursday this summer from 1-7ish) you will have the opportunity to drop in and see the exhibit, visit the touch tanks and see all of the other cool stuff inside!
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Don't miss this presentation hosted by Port Book and News tonight! The Community Marine Centers of the Salish Sea traveling exhibit based on this book recently opened at Harbor WildWatch.
Do you know about #GiveBIG? It's a fundraising blitz for Washington nonprofits, happening May 3-4. Many Gig Harbor-area organizations are participating, like Harbor WildWatch, GIG Harbor Peninsula Historical Society and @greateGreater Gig Harbor Foundation, among others. Here's more information.
In 2021, community groups like Pierce Conservation District, Harbor WildWatch and the Peninsula School District used their Watersheds Small Grants Program awards to restore habitat, promote environmental stewardship and clean up our beaches. The window for 2022 grant applications is closing soon.

Learn how your organization can earn up to $2,500 for projects that protect water quality at piercecountywa.gov/sgp.
We’re pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Tourism Marketing Support Program grants! We’ve selected 25 applications awarding a total of $200,000 funds.

2022 recipients: African Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest, Visit Ballard, Burke Museum, Cascade Bicycle Club, Centrum Foundation, Kirkland, WA - Government, City of Renton, WA -- Government, City of Westport, Coulee City Chamber of Commerce, Harbor WildWatch, Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, National Nordic Museum, Northwest Agriculture Business Center, Visit San Juans, Seattle Architecture Foundation, Seattle Good Business Network, Skagit Valley, Snohomish County Government, SnoValley Chamber of Commerce, Visit Bainbridge Island, Visit Kitsap Peninsula, Tri-Cities, Washington, Visit Walla Walla, Washington Independent Inns Network, and Washington State Geocaching Association
Tonight at the Museum!

Blue Water Task Force and Our Local Waters
Thursday, March 24, 2022
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM via Zoom

Stena Troyer, Chapter Chair of the South Sound Surfrider Foundation and Science Specialist for Harbor Wildwatch Harbor WildWatch, will discuss the Blue Water Task Force program. This program monitors harmful bacteria at local recreation sites INCLUDING Austin Park. Surfrider chapters then use this water testing data to raise awareness of local pollution problems and to bring together communities to implement solutions.

This virtual presentation will be hosted by our Executive Director, Stephanie Lile. We hope you’ll join us as we learn more about the waters that surround us and how important it is to keep them clean.

To participate and receive a link to this presentation, please email Robin Harrison at [email protected].
Tune in to hear how you can help contribute to science with Harbor WildWatch on HarborChat tomorrow morning from 9-10 a.m. on KGHP-FM!
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Tune in to hear our very own Harbor WildWatch on HarborChat tomorrow morning from 9-10 a.m. on KGHP-FM!
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Rain or shine, volunteers throughout the south sound monitor local beaches for harmful bacteria. And whewweee was the first sampling of 2022 a wet one! Big cheers to our incredible volunteers and partners at SAMI High School and Harbor WildWatch for ensuring that this monthly sampling can take place September through May. While the state BEACH program monitors water quality in the summertime months, we know that people like to play in these waters year round so our intrepid crew of volunteers make the community science happen! Results will be updated at the end of the week on the south sound website under Blue Water Task Force. #communityscience #waterquality #volunteer #bluewatertaskforce #southsoundsurfrider #sss253 #harborwildwatch #protectwhereyouplay #protectwhatyoulove
Did you know that TRFF grantee Harbor WildWatch offers free public programs for community members and visitors interested in learning more about the ecosystem of the Salish Sea? Join a walking tour around multiple habitats or become a community scientist to collect meaningful data that can help protect the environment. Learn more about their tour offerings here and check out the calendar for upcoming tour dates. https://bit.ly/3lIYNOv
What can you find at the beach at night? Cool creatures! Check out this night beach walk from Harbor WildWatch!
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Inspiring stewardship for Puget Sound through education. Visit our website www.harborwildwatch.org to learn more. Link Tree: https://linktr.ee/harborwildwatch

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."

Operating as usual

Wildside Weekly 06/28/2022

Wildside Weekly

Wildside Weekly:
Beach Monitoring THIS week, Cocktails & Fishtales Review, Pygmy Rock Crab Feature & Moss Maintenance Tips

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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

06/24/2022

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.

Photos from Harbor WildWatch's post 06/23/2022

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.

06/23/2022

Cocktails & Fishtales with Pierce Conservation District

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

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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 06/22/2022

Wildside Weekly

Wildside Weekly: Cocktails & Fish Tales TONIGHT, Jr. Naturalist Workshop Registration is OPEN, Beach Monitoring Continues & a Stewardship Tip

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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

06/22/2022

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!!!

06/20/2022

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!

06/17/2022

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/

Lowest tides in 13 years coming to Puget Sound 06/14/2022

Lowest tides in 13 years coming to Puget Sound

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 06/14/2022

Wildside Weekly

Wildside Weekly: Jr. Naturalist Workshop Registration is OPEN, Beach Monitoring for the LOWEST tides THIS week & Staghorn Sculpin Feature

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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 06/08/2022

Wildside Weekly

Wildside Weekly: Register for Salt Creek Fundraiser Tide Pooling Adventure, Tacoma Ocean Fest THIS Weekend, Upcoming Beach Monitoring, Special Presentation & New Orca Exhibit!

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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

06/04/2022

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.

06/01/2022

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 06/01/2022

Wildside Weekly

Wildside Weekly: Beach Monitoring THIS Week, Gig Fest THIS WEEKEND, Student Spotlight, Stubby Squid Feature, and Cocktails & Fishtales Review

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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

Photos from Harbor WildWatch's post 05/31/2022

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!

05/31/2022

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.

05/30/2022

Can you guess what these beach visitors are doing? Another low tide beach walk tomorrow at Penrose Ppint state park.

05/27/2022

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.

Photos from Robyn Denson - Pierce County Council Candidate District 7's post 05/26/2022

Help keep our harbor healthy! Pump out your vessels thanks to this FREE service

05/26/2022
05/25/2022

Something beautiful, in case you need it this week.

Wildside Weekly 05/24/2022

Wildside Weekly

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

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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 Lowtide Beach Walks and Beach Monitoring Events Wildside Weekly May 24, 2022 FEATURED

05/24/2022

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!

Photos from Harbor WildWatch's post 05/20/2022

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 05/19/2022

Wildside Weekly

Wildside Weekly: Low Tide Beach Walks THIS WEEK, Rockfish Feature & Ocean Friendly Sunscreens

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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,

Photos from Harbor WildWatch's post 05/18/2022

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.

Photos from Harbor WildWatch's post 05/16/2022

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 05/11/2022

Wildside Weekly

Wildside Weekly: Beach Walk Volunteer Training Field Trip, Water Quality Testing, Belted Kingfisher Feature & Tips for Using Less Fertilizer

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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

05/10/2022

Blue Water Task Force May 2022

Wildside Weekly 05/04/2022

Wildside Weekly

Wildside Weekly: GiveBIG until MIDNIGHT, Volunteer Training, Brittle Stars & Field Trips

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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

Who is Harbor WildWatch?

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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GiveBIG with Harbor WildWatch
Cocktails & Fishtales- WA State Aquatic Reserves with Chris Jendrey

Location

Category

Products

Steward Club Membership - Students $30; Individuals $50; Families $100; Military Families $80

Telephone

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3207 Harborview Dr
Gig Harbor, WA
98335

General information

We provide a variety of educational programs to South Puget Sound students, residents and visitors:
• Guided beach, estuary and wetland walks with a biologist
• Classroom, field and after-school STEM workshops for K-12 students
• Virtual underwater tour of Gig Harbor Bay with SCUBA divers
• Jr. Naturalist training for budding marine scientists ages 5-17
• Community science training to enable regular citizens to collect baseline biodiversity data
• Monthly science socials for adults to learn about current issues facing the Salish Sea
• Interactive marine exhibit open to the public year-round at our HQ in Downtown Gig Harbor

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 10am - 4pm

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