Join the North Sound Stewards volunteer program and connect with a group of people passionate about protecting the North Puget Sound.
Volunteer groups led by marine scientists will observe sea stars, forage fish, intertidal species, and more to gather data that will help protect these species' habitats and longevity. Information collected through citizen science efforts provides a baseline of data that informs policy, restoration efforts, cleanups, and other important projects.
Citizen scientists are integral to support important work that underfunded agencies cannot do themselves. Sign up for North Sound Stewards TODAY.
Help contribute to the restoration of the Salish Sea by signing up for our North Sound Stewards volunteer program. Program details:
ecome a citizen scientist and start contributing to scientific research for the health of the Salish Sea. To participate in North Sound Stewards, you must attend one of two trainings:
The North Sound Stewards volunteer program focuses on intertidal surveys, sea star wasting syndrome surveys, and forage fish surveys in the Cherry Point and Fidalgo Bay Aquatic Reserves.
Participate in our intertidal survey trainings to learn how to identify and count plant and animal species in the intertidal zone, the area above water at low tide and under water at high tide. Then join our summer of intertidal surveys, where you'll measure plant and animal life and study the slope and sediment of beaches in Whatcom and Skagit counties.
Dates: 8 surveys each summer (4 at Cherry Point, 4 at Fidalgo Bay)
Join trained scientists to help identify sea star wasting syndrome, documented in a never-before-seen magnitude over the past several years along the Pacific Coast. Because the disease impacted sea stars from California to British Columbia, citizen science surveys have been instrumental in helping to collect data for scientists to analyze.
Pacific herring, sand lance, surf smelt, and other forage fish are key to the health of marine food webs throughout the Salish Sea.They are fuel for endangered seabirds, salmon and orca whales. They are bait for fisheries and a tasty treat to many people. Join volunteers to survey beaches for forage fish spawning grounds and help contributed to data shared with state agencies and local governments.
Are you interested in becoming a SUPER volunteer with the North Sound Stewards program? Here are some other surveys opportunities you can get involved in:
Contact Eleanor Hines at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about North Sound Stewards.