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May 7, 2018: First-time forum connects Skagit County residents to marine science in Fidalgo Bay

posted Sep 19, 2018, 12:44 PM by Simon Bakke   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 12:48 PM ]
May 7, 2018

“Science on the Bay” connects people to the professional and citizen scientists working to better understand and preserve Fidalgo Bay

ANACORTES, WA — The Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee is hosting its first-ever forum to show people in Skagit County the important science happening right in their backyard — Fidalgo Bay. The forum, called Science on the Bay, is Saturday, May 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Northwest Education Services District 189, 1601 R Avenue, Anacortes.

Science on the Bay is free, and lunch is provided to attendees by Pizza Factory. All ages are invited. 

The forum is a unique opportunity to learn about work being done to study — and protect — Fidalgo Bay’s animals, plants and habitat. Talks and displays focus on local science topics like monitoring pollution using mussels, wintering seabirds, heron, ocean acidification, the impacts of invasive green crab, and more. The keynote speaker is Kristin Swenddal, Aquatic Resources Division Manager at the Washington State Department of Natural Resources.

“Our state’s Aquatic Reserves are fascinating, diverse places,” said Pete Haase, event organizer. “It’s important for the families and local residents who live around and enjoy Fidalgo Bay to know what sort of things scientists are finding out there.”

The day is hosted by Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee, and RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.

Located in Skagit County, the Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserve is one of five Aquatic Reserves in the state. Established by the Department of Natural Resources on state-owned aquatic lands in Puget Sound, Aquatic Reserves include important biodiversity and aquatic habitat critical to Salish Sea health.

For more information or to RSVP (encouraged but not required), contact Natalie Lord at, or (603) 553-8200.

To RSVP on Facebook, search for “Science on the Bay: Fidalgo Bay” or visit

Full schedule:
Open house with posters 9 – 10
Posters and talks 10 – 11:45
Posters and lunch 11:45 – 1:00
Keynote talk 1:00 – 1:45
Open house with posters 1:45 – 3:00

Media contact: Natalie Lord, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities,, 603-553-8200