All Beach Watchers Activities
- Advisory Council
meets monthly to hear reports of ongoing projects, discuss potential new projects and fund raisers, and guide the use of Beach Watcher funds
- Beach Log
Report on Beach Watcher activities in the Beach Log newsletter and/or on the web site.
- Beach Naturalists
Interact with the public to foster an understanding of how to enjoy and at the same time preserve our fragile intertidal zones.
- Birds - COASST
Provide data on dead birds found while walking the beach, for use by UW School of Fisheries.
- Bones !!
Develop museum display from dead mammals found on our beaches.
- Booths at Public Events
Provide educational games about our Island County environment, flora and fauna at public events like the Island County Fair or the Penn Cove festival.
- Digging for Dinner
Provide workshops on how to take advantage of the food source right on our beaches.
- Environmental Curricula
Support environmental studies in our schools.
- General Office Help
Help the Beach Watchers Coordinators with general office assistance.
- Green Algae Bloom Research
Help researchers from Shannon Point Marine Center conduct studies on the unusual abundance of green algae blooms.
- Intertidal Monitoring
Yearly detailed survey of our beaches, to keep baseline data over time on inverterbrates, seaweeds, and beach condition.
- Invasive Stuff - Green Crab Monitoring
Check trabs for the invasive European Green Crab, and notify WA State Dept of Fish and Wildlife.
- Lighthouse Tours
Volunteer as a guide at Admiralty Head Lighthouse
- Mapping Projects
Develop a composite map of Camano Island, for use by the general public.
- Marine Education Center - Coupeville Wharf
Expand the Wharf breezeway exhibits to help the public understand the significance of water resources ofr marine life.
- Marine Mammal Stranding Network
Protect stranded mammals (and educate public on what -not- to do), do necropsies on dead mammals found on the beach.
- Monofilament Recovery and Recycle Program
Build and distribute container for collecting this plastic fishing line.
- Nasty Stuff - Creosoted Logs
Find, quantify and remove creosote debris on the beaches, to reduce pollution to the marine habitat.
- Nasty Stuff - Beach Litter and Marine Debris
Remove from our beaches the litter and marine debris that pose a hazard to both marine and human life.
- Noxious Weeds - Spartina
Identify and remove this noxious weed from our beaches before it wipes out native species.
- Oil Spill Assessment Team
Train volunteers to quickly assess oil spill events, and contact the State Dept of Ecology prior to deployment of emergency clean up crews.
Educate the public about plastic pollution and monitor plastic on the beaches.
- Puget Sound Starts Here - Whidbey
Increase awareness of the magnitude of Puget Sounds pollution problem, and of ci
tizen behaviors to reduce it.
- Recycling - Tires and Pots
Help at Coupeville each spring to program to recycle old tires and garden pots - to prevent disease, recycle, and raise funds for Waste Wise and Beach Watchers.
Track juvenile salmon in our pocket estuaries
- Shore Stewards
Provide educational materials for shore-line property owners to be proper stewards of this fragile resource.
- Sound Gardens
One day program on Camano ...
- Sound Waters
One day "university for all" on Whidbey.
- Testing - Shellfish
Provide data on butter clams and mussels to WA State Dept of Health to identify potential Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning.
- Testing - Water Quality
Take water samples at public beaches during the summer on behalf of the Island County Health Department.
- Travel With Beach Watchers
Develop travel plans -- for fun, fellowship, and bonding among Beach Watchers, and to raise funds.
Help with the Outdoor Classroom, or streamside restoration projects with Whidbey Watershed Stewards.
- Web Site
Help to maintain and grow the website as a resource for the general public to learn about how "Everything is Connected!"
- Whidbey 101
Provide overview of programs with an environmental stewardship theme at this twice a year workshop in Freeland.