Sound Waves

Newsletter for Members of Sound Water Stewards of Island County
Quarterly Summer Newsletter June 2019

Table of Contents

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


Whidbey Monthly Meeting

June 26th at Pacific Rim Institute from 10 am-12pm 
"Early History of Whidbey Island" presented by Lynn Hyde


Camano Monthly Meeting
***No July Meeting***

Educational Opportunities

4th Wednesdays 

June 26th at the Camano Library from 7 pm- 8 pm

presented by Chandler Colahan
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 14 spots are available! (RSVP HERE)

Volunteer Opportunities

1st Grade Beach Exploration Volunteers Needed:

Cedarhome Elementary is coming to Camano Island State Park on June 18th. Mikaela needs 4-5 volunteers to run "Eat with your feet", Beach Exploration, and Microscope lab.

Contact: Mikaela Montanari
Sea Star Survey: June 17th

Meet at Camano Island State Park at 10:00 AM by the park’s boat launching ramp. If you are late, we will be on the beach about 200 yards north of the ramp. Please note that weather permitting, I will be coming to the ramp by rowboat.

Contact: Michael Kyte
Island County MRC Volunteer Opportunities: (Read More)
  • Recreational Crabber Outreach
Scott Chase - Camano
Kelly Zupich- Whidbey
SoundToxins: algae monitoring

When: June 14th @ 11 am- Cama
Contact: Kathy & Jim

When: June 19th @ 3:15 pm- Cama
Contact: Geir 

When: June 21st @ 11 am- Cama
Contact: Geir

SoundToxins: algae monitoring

When: June 26th @ 1 pm- Cama
Contact: Trent

When: June 28th @ 11 am- Cama
Contact: Trent

When: July 3rd @ 3 pm- Cama
Contact: Kathy & Jim
Cultural Ambassadors Needed:

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 feed people, cleaning up, and making sure we having a zero waste impact on the beach.

Contact: Mikaela Montanari
Low Tide Beach Naturalists Needed: (Read More)
Cama Beach State Park
  • Saturday, June 15 9:30 am  
  • Tuesday, July 2 10:30 am
  • Thursday, July 4 Noon
  • Saturday, July 6 1:30 am
Contacts email: Terry Skorheim 
Intertidal Beach Monitoring: Whidbey
When: July 3rd @ 8:30 am
Where: Double Bluff

Intertidal Beach Monitoring: Camano

When: June 17th @ 9 am
Where: Madrona
Contact: Patricia Blankenship

When: June 18th @ 9:30 am
Where: Camano Island State Park
Contact: Dave Brubaker

From the Board & Staff

From the Executive Director
Nan Maysen
Recently I was asked to contribute a presentation to our neighboring county that provided an overview of Sound Water Stewards organization.  I asked for PaulBen’s assistance, as my involvement is so recent, and as we were working on it, one slide captured one of the most important qualities about Sound Water Stewards... (Read More)

Good to Know!

Top 6 Summer Tide Pooling Destinations:
  1. Rosario Beach, Deception Park
  2. WA State Park Anacortes
  3. Kukatali Preserve, Kiket Island
  4. Padilla Bay
  5. Salt Creek, Clallam
  6. Soose Reef, Neah Bay

Nature Discovery Days 2019
By: Suzie Gaffney

Once again, Camano Island State Park, Friends of Camano Island State Park, and Camano Sound Water Stewards came together to host Second Graders in Nature Discovery Days for three Stanwood School Districts; Stanwood, Utsalady, and Elger Bay Elementary. We had 91 students, 25 parents, and 60 volunteers each day. On May 20th and 21st the weather, scheduled to be rainy, was just that, at least on the first day. (Read More)
Camano's CONNECTIONS last month during their boat trip through Deception Pass.

What We're Reading

Two Flies Walk into a Barnacles. Then they mate and their babies eat the barnacle. Seriously.

In the News:

FREE: 10-year-old active worm bin

  • Dimensions: 16 L x 16 W x 13 H inches

  • Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic
  • Best in temps between 45 and 85 degrees F
  • Can house 6,000 worms
  • Approximate weight: 12 lbs.
  • Compact design with odorless operation
  • Unique, self-sorting upward migration worm bin
Contact: Rich Steele on Camano

Volunteer Memorials

Jan Gross
Written by: Kathy Fritts
I was presented with the honor of saying a few words about my friend Jan Gross. As many around Whidbey, I was blessed by her friendship from day one. Jan never met a stranger or let one get away always love at first sight on both sides. The first time I met her was in 2007 when she was active with then Beach Watchers ... (Read More)
Connie Clark
Written by: Nicole Luce
Remembering Connie Clark who recently passed away from multiple myeloma. Connie and husband Neal joined Beach Watchers in 2007 and Connie happily dove into the BW website which was ready for a facelift. And that springboarded to her developing an online system for tracking BW volunteers and our hours and activities. (Read More)
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