Sound Waves

Newsletter for Members of Sound Water Stewards of Island County
May 2019

Table of Contents

Educational Opportunities
Volunteer Opportunities
From the Board & Staff 
Bimonthly Book
Good to Know!


Whidbey Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, May 22nd Volunteer Fair at the Whidbey-Telecom Community Room (1651 E Main St, Freeland, WA 98249) 10 am- 12 pm


Camano Monthly Meeting

Monday, June 6rd at 9:30 am-11:45 am at Cama Beach
Michael Kyte will be presenting on "The Sea Star Wasting Syndrome in Saratoga Passage: An Update"

Educational Opportunities

4th Wednesdays 

May 22nd at the Camano Library from 7 pm- 8 pm

Marine Wildlife Update: What’s going on out there?!

Casey Mclean will provide an update on the state of our local marine wildlife and SR3’s progress to create the first dedicated marine wildlife hospital in the PNW. Casey will discuss trends we are seeing in marine wildlife populations, current research and how we all play a part in reducing the threats these animals face.

Ever wanted to explore Kukutali Preserve and see Kiket Island? Swinomish Environmental Director Todd Mitchell will give SWS a private tour of the island and the Preserve's ever-evolving restoration projects. Only 25 spots are available!

Volunteer Opportunities

Nature Discovery Days: on Camano Island

When: May 20th & May 21st
Where: Cama Beach
What: Beach exploration!
Time: 10:30 am- 2 pm
Contact: Mikaela Montanari
The Stillaguamish Tribe is planning a soft landing at Camano Island State Park on July 22nd as part of their Canoe Journey this year. They are looking for volunteers who might be interested in helping out. This will be mostly helping feed people, cleaning up, making sure we have the least impact on the beach. I will get more information on the specific tasks as the time gets closer.

Contact: Mikaela Montanari
SoundToxins: algae monitoring

When: May 15th @ 2:30 pm- Cama
Contact: Mary Allison:

When: May 17th @ 11 am -Cama
Contact: Trent Lowe

May 22 @ 11 am -Cama
Contact: Trent Lowe

SoundToxins: algae monitoring

When: May 24 @ 11 am -Cama
Contact: Trent Lowe

May 29 @ 2 pm -CISP
Contact: Trent Lowe

May 31 @ 11 am -Cama
Contact: Trent Lowe
Note Taker for Camano's Monthly Meetings:

Have you ever appreciated being reminded or informed about what happened during our monthly meetings? Camano is in need of a Monthly Meeting Note Taker. Please contact Bob Tushinski if you would like to volunteer in this role.

Intertidal Beach Monitoring: Whidbey
When: May 20th @10:00am-1:40pm
Where: Cornet Bay

June 4th @ 8:00am-1pm
Where: Rosario (Bowman Bay)

June 5th @ 9:30am-1:45pm
Where: Possession Beach

June 6th @ 9:45am-2:30pm
Where: S Lagoon (Bush Point)

 Intertidal Beach Monitoring: Camano

When: May 18th @ 9am-12pm
Where: Iverson
Team Captain: Carol Gillespie

When: May 22nd @11:30am-2:15pm
Where: Pebble Beach
Team Captain: Karen Gardner

When: June 4th @ 9:45am-12:45pm
Where: Cavalero
Team Captain: Carol Gillespie

When: June 6th @ 11:15am-2:15pm
Where: Utsalady
Team Captain: Pete Domoto

From the Board & Staff

From the Executive Director
Nan Maysen
April was busy for most of us, I think! I was really happy to attend the Camano Monthly Meeting and meet a few more of you and become ever more familiar with all the activities going on on both islands. It was also great to participate in the last VET class for the spring that was a joint class at Deception Pass. I find these occasions to be in touch with you all are really valuable to me on the many other days I am working “behind the scenes”. On what? you ask? Well --  (Read More)
From Whidbey Coordinator
Allie Hudec

Thank you so much to all of you that were willing to make it to the Penn Cove Water Festival. It was a big hit! We had over 100 contacts at the booth and out at the wharf. Our interpreters were certainly busy out there helping kids with the scavenger hunt and telling them about the bones. Our performing barnacles were on point as well, with a little plankton soup from the Whidbey Watershed Stewards booth next door they put on quite a show. 
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From Camano Coordinator
Mikaela Montanari

This spring has been very productive and full of wonderful partnerships with many Sound Water Stewards and community members. I've just recently wrapped up my official SWS training as of April 25th and am now officially a Steward! The level of detail and topics covered is impressive! Equally impressive are the dedicated folks who keep our Volunteer Education Training going. (Read More)

Bimonthly Book

In Pursuit of Rogues, The Wave:
Freaks and Giants of the Ocean
For centuries, mariners have spun tales of gargantuan waves, 100-feet high or taller. Until recently scientists dis­missed these stories—waves that high would seem to violate the laws of physics. But in the past few decades, as a startling number of ships vanished and new evidence has emerged, oceanographers realized something scary was brewing in the planet’s waters. They found their proof in February 2000, when a British research vessel was trapped in a vortex of impossibly mammoth waves in the North Sea—including several that approached 100 feet.

As scientists scramble to understand this phenomenon, others view the giant waves as the ultimate challenge. These are extreme surfers who fly around the world trying to ride the ocean’s most destructive monsters. The pioneer of extreme surfing is the legendary Laird Hamilton, who, with a group of friends in Hawaii, figured out how to board suicidally large waves of 70 and 80 feet. Casey follows this unique tribe of peo­ple as they seek to conquer the holy grail of their sport, a 100­-foot wave.

Good to Know!

Ocean Policy In The State Legislature:
Report From the Seattle Aquarium

(Photo: Rich Yukubousky)

The 2019 legislative session has come to a close here in Washington state more than 2,000 bills were introduced in this Washington state legislative session. 


All four of the key orca recovery bills passed! New laws to help protect our struggling southern resident orcas were a priority for state lawmakers this session. The new laws will: (Read More)


If everyone in the U.S. flosses their teeth according to ADA recommendations, every year our empty containers alone would fill a landfill the size of a football field. That's 6 stories hight-just for the empty floss dispensers! (Read More)
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Bamboo Floss

Lucky Teeth like Dental Lace have a refillable dental floss in a glass container with a stainless-steel cap that holds bamboo. This floss is 100% biodegradable (bamboo not the glass) and comes charcoal infused.


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