The North Sound Stewards program has been sunsetted as of 2023. But there are many other ways to get involved!
The next person to track an invasive species or monitor the health of vital shoreline habitat is… you!
We train residents of Whatcom County to become community scientists and participate in beach surveys. Community scientists are integral to support important conservation work that underfunded government agencies are often stretched too thin to do. The North Sound Stewards program serves as a hub for community science in Whatcom and Skagit Counties, pairing you up with the best fit for your interests. There are opportunities for every skill set and experience level, from kayaking to data entry to photography.
Volunteer groups led by marine scientists will gather data on sea stars, forage fish (small fish that salmon, sea birds, marine mammals and others rely on for food), intertidal species, and more that will help protect these species’ habitats and longevity. Information collected through community science efforts provides a baseline of data that inform policy, management plans, restoration efforts, cleanups, and other important projects.