Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Beach Watchers Reunion

Several Beach Watchers from all four classes attended the picnic yesterday at South Beach. The food was wonderful and plentiful. Updates on various activities from some of the areas scientists and marine advocates were given. Thank you Shann for arranging a great event. I hope others who attended will add more information so those that missed it will be informed. I hope this is an annual event.

County Meeting Scheduled for CAO

The County Council has scheduled a workshop on possible revisions to the county’s Critical Areas Ordinance for August 25 at 1 p.m. in the San Juan Island Community Theatre.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Critical Areas Ordinance

As Beach Watchers it is important for us to educate ourselves on the CAO. The following link to the San Juan County website contains all the documents you will need to better understand the potential new regulations. Follow the link:

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Orcas Library Fair

Volunteers are needed to help with the Beach Watcher Booth at the Orcas Island Library Fair, Saturday August 8th. Please contact Ulanah McCoy if you are interested in volunteering your time. Ulanah needs several volunteers during the fair, 10am-3pm, 1 person to help set up at 8:30am and 1 person to help break down at 3pm. You may contact Ulanah at or 376-3427.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Have Kayak? People for Puget Sound Needs You to Survey Spartina

PPS is asking for volunteers with kayaks to be trained to locate and record Spartina infestations. Training sessions will be held in July through mid-September. After training you will be qualified to go out on your own. For more info check the website: or call Rachel Benbrook, trainer and project coordinator, at 360-230-1353.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Beacher Watchers needed to staff BW Booth at County Fair!

The San Juan County Fair is coming up on August 12-15. We need volunteers to help staff the booth! It is a great time to celebrate community and wonderful way to let others know about Beach Watchers and about stewardship of our marine environment. Pencil in the dates and watch for an email soon to come.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Whale Museum Lecture - July 15 - Southern Resident DNA Analysis

The Whale Museum's 2009 Lecture Series continues with a talk from Michael Ford of NOAA on Wednesday, July 15 at 7 pm. In his presentation entitled "Who's Dad?, DNA-based Paternity Analysis in Southern Resident Killer Whales," Michael Ford will be discussing the DNA parentage studies on the endangered Southern Resident orcas.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

4th of July Beach Watchers Booth on Orcas

Marcia Spees did a fabulous job putting together a Beach Watcher information booth at the Orcas Saturday market on the 4th of July. Bruce Hall, Ulana McCoy, and Kim Secunda all volunteered to help Marcia educate the public. It was a big success.
Pictured are Nancy Alboucq, Marcia Spees and Bruce Hall.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Tue. Jul. 28 Beach Watchers Get-together on SJI

Potluck. Details of time, location, and program to be announced