WA - Newest Salish Sea Stewards at the ready — and waiting
The popular volunteer training program that prepares participants for summer beach, boat and education work was held remotely this year due to the pandemic.
Despite it marking the first time Salish Sea Stewards trainees didn't get their feet muddy or hands wet during the program, 22 new volunteers completed the 40 hours of lessons last week.
They join the roster of now hundreds of Salish Sea Stewards at the ready for projects including kayaking to monitor kelp, digging to monitor shellfish, seining beaches to evaluate marine life at restoration sites and staffing the visitor center at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
New Salish Sea Steward Jen Coslor is looking forward to taking her new knowledge to familiar beaches of Samish Island to contribute to ongoing research.