Friday, August 28, 2009

Summary of August 25 CAO Workshop

For those of you who were unable to attend the recent County Council Workshop on the Critical Areas Ordinance Update, here's a link to an article that gives a good summary of the meeting. It's from

Sunday, August 23, 2009

SJC Beach Watchers Cruise on Research Vessel

Cheryl Kummer, James Lobdell, Cynthia Hubbard, Geneva Mottet and Susan Muckle had a great day last Saturday aboard the M/V Indigo cruising the waters of Guemes Channel and Rosario Strait. Along with Beach Watchers and marine volunteers from Whatcom, Skagit and Island counties, as well as oceanographers from the U. of Washington in Seattle, we spent the day analyzing the density, nutrient values, plankton, and other components of the water at various locations off Fidalgo Island. The trip was part of the "Ocean Inquiry Project" (OIP) and was co-sponsored by COSEE-OLC. (Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, and Ocean Learning Communities.) To make some sense from this alphabet soup, Here are links to these organizations, and a short paragraph explaining what they do:

"COSEE-Ocean Learning Communities is a partnership funded by the National Science Foundation between the University of Washington College of Ocean and Fishery Sciences and College of Education and the Seattle Aquarium. In 2008, the Ocean Inquiry Project, joined the Center after recieving a partnership grant from NSF. COSEE-OLC is a thematic center with the long-term goal of developing models of Ocean Learning Communities in the Northwest region and sharing these models with the COSEE Network.

"At COSEE-OLC we are actively building a community of scientists, marine volunteer organizations, formal and informal educators and interested citizens to form an ocean learning community."

In addition to enjoying a beautiful day on the water and getting to know beach naturalists from surrounding counties, the trip introduced us to oceanographic sampling techniques and the importance of this research in monitoring the quality of our ocean environment.

If this opportunity is available again in the future, we would encourage everyone to sign up!

Friday, August 14, 2009

New County Internet GIS Maps

At the County Fair the County Public Works Department is demonstrating its new GIS mapping system. Here is the link: All photos were taken in June 2008. It is a great improvement over the current system. The photos are clear and you can make copies.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Last daytime low tide cycle of the season

August 17th and 18th
Russel Barsh would like volunteers to help with the last intertidal surveys and fishing for the season. Both days will begin at 9:30 at Fishing Bay.

Next week is also a good time to either begin, or continue your Invasive Species surveys and record your data on the MISM website.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Save the Date

An evening with Hedrick Smith. Producer of FRONTLINE'S 'poisoned waters' documentary. He will be sharing stories and video from his latest film.

Place- The Orcas Center
Date-Sunday, September 13th
Time - TBA

Monday, August 3, 2009

Poisoned Waters

I'm sure many of you have already seen Hedrick Smith's 'Poisoned Waters' special. For those of you who have not, below is a link to view the PBS website or you can view the video right here. I finally got around to watching it and found it very moving. I encourage you to take the time to watch it and to pass the link on to others who might be interested. The more people who see it, the better.

Vanishing Salmon in Alaska

Here is a link to an article I read in the Associated Press. Not good news, but thought you might be interested.