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Events

BIRCH BAY STATE PARK BEACH FEST & FEAST

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018     11am-3pm 

Kick off summer with a shell-a-bration at the BP Heron Center!

Free beach fun for all ages! Experience the first celebration of summer on the beach at Birch Bay State Park.  Did you know that 194 acre Birch Bay State park includes 8,255 feet of saltwater shoreline? Beach Fest activities include guided beach walks with Naturalists, and an informative scavenger hunt.

When was the last time you saw a whale bone? Educational displays, demonstrations & exhibits will be provided by: Marine Mammal Stranding Network, Orca Network, Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management District, Garden of the Salish Sea, Whatcom Conservation District, Whatcom Marine Resources Committee and more!

Current Restoration Projects

Whatcom MRC Pilot Oyster Restoration

Plastics

Why are there plastics in Pacific Northwest shellfish?

Guess what is showing up in our shellfish? One word: Plastics

Care about the ocean? Think twice about your coffee lid.

Anthropogenic debris in seafood: Plastic debris and fibers from textiles in fish and bivalves sold for human consumption 

Ocean Acidification

Ocean Acidification: From Knowledge to Action

Could kelp help mitigate ocean acidification?

February 2017

NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer is venturing into unknown territory near American Samoa. Watch live camera here (2-16-17)

 

 

 

 

Eater Why Olympia Oyster is Primed for a Comeback (2-10-17)

 Dwarf size anemones collect food for the boxer crab, which gently stimulates asexual reproduction

Dwarf size anemones collect food for the boxer crab, which gently stimulates asexual reproduction