Shell Yes: Protect beaches by talking to curious beachgoers

Beach Stewards are having important conversations with visitors helping them not love our beaches to death. | June 9, 2021

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With some extraordinary low tides expected this summer in Whatcom County and an influx of people finding new ways to get outdoors during the pandemic, our waterways need a little extra TLC — and we all have a part to play to protect beaches. Keep your eyes peeled for volunteers out at Larrabee and Birch Bay State Parks over the summer through our new Beach Stewards program in partnership with the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee. We’ll be talking about everything from tide pools to delicate ocean critters, and even (gasp!) poop (yep, you heard us). Head to the link to learn more about the program and check out the calendar of when we’ll be out this summer. We’d love to bump into you!

Where are the Beach Stewards this week?

Want to help inform beachgoers about the tidal life and help them protect it?

We need volunteers who want to stoke curiosity and build excitement for Whatcom County’s iconic beaches and help the public give more personal attention to reducing their own impacts. Sign up here to get monthly emails about our community science efforts, including how you can become a volunteer that helps visitors love beaches as much as you do! No experience required, we’ll help train you.

Another key way to protect beaches is to become a community scientist and help gather data on these shoreline ecosystems.