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6th Annual Skagit Water Weeks! During the month of May, 2022

Skagit Water Weeks is a collection of events that take place during the month of May. The events are hosted by local organizations that teach about and celebrate one of our most treasured resources - water! Water is critical to our environment, economy and our cultural well-being.
Skagit Conservation Education Alliance and our partners are pleased to present a slate of opportunities and events in celebration of Skagit Water Weeks and our precious water resources!

We hope you will enjoy this years fantastic list of events and activities!
Visit our Water Weeks Facebook Page!

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May 1st - May 31st

"We Scoop" poster contest

Skagit Conservation District "We Scoop" Poster Contest
May 1st - May 31st

1. The “We Scoop” Poster Contest is open to any resident of Skagit County.
2. To be eligible to enter the We Scoop Poster Contest, participants must complete the
Skagit Conservation District’s “We Scoop” Pledge.
3. Entries will be accepted between May 1 and May 31, 2022.
4. Any media may be used to create a flat or two-dimensional effect (paint, crayon,
colored pencil, charcoal, paper, or other materials). Poster design should be submitted
as a 300 dpi JPEG or PNG.

Participants under 18 years old must have permission from a parent or guardian
All entries will receive a free pet waste bag dispenser.
Winners will be selected by vote of Skagit County residents via poll on our website and social media
accounts.

For more information visit our website
Click here to go to our Facebook page

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May 1st - May 31st

Tips and Trick to Catch More Crab!

Tips and Tricks to Catch More Crab!
Skagit Marine Resources Committee and Northwest Straits Foundation

Crabbing is a popular activity in Washington for recreational crabbers. There are lots of Dungeness crabs in Puget Sound, and crabbing gear is affordable and accessible. However, pots are lost at an extraordinarily high rate and very few are retrieved. An estimated 12,000 crab pots are lost in Puget Sound each year. A single lost crab pot can kill up to 15 crab per year resulting in over 180,000 wasted crabs not making it to the dinner table.

One video will be highlighted each week during the month May for Skagit Water Weeks.
Check Tides and Currents - May 1st- May 5th
Add Weight to your Crab Pot - May 6th – May 10th
How to Rig Your Line - May 15 – May 20th
Modify Your Crab Pot - May 22nd – May 25th
How to Set your Crab Pot- May 26th - May 30th
NWSF Virtual Crabbing Workshop 2020 - May 31st

Visit our website for more Crabber Information

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May 1st - May 31st

Skagit County Septic Education Program- Septics 101 / Septics 201, Skagit County Septic Rebate and Low-Income Assistance Programs

Skagit County Septic Education Program
Septics 101 / Septics 201, Skagit County Septic Rebate and Low-Income Assistance Programs

May 1st - May 31st

Skagit County Septics Education Program is free, online, anytime to fit your schedule!
Gravity septic system owners may become certified to complete their own inspections by completing
Septics 101 and Septics 201. All septic system owners can take Septics 101 to qualify for up
to $200 back on septic services through our rebate program. We also have vouchers
available for low-income households who need assistance in covering the cost of their
required septic inspections. We can all do our part to keep Skagit #SepticSmar

Visit our Website

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May 1st - May 31st

European Green Crab Invasion Investigations in Samish and Padilla Bays

European Green Crab Invasion Investigations in Samish and Padilla Bays

Skagit Marine Resources Committee, the (NWSC), and Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (PBNERR)

Invasive European Green Crab (EGC) are detrimental to native species and can negatively impact nearshore ecosystems. EGC populations have been found in Samish Bay and Padilla Bay in Skagit County. The NWSC, SMRC, and PBNERR are working in collaboration to trap and remove EGC in Samish and Padilla Bays and provide education and outreach to help reduce the spread of this invasive species.
Staff from the NWSC and PBNERR teamed up to train a Washington Conservation Corps crew (WCC) on trapping invasive European green crab in Skagit County. Want to learn more about European Green Crab and the collaborative effort to trap and remove them in Samish and Padilla Bays?
Check out the WCC crew Twitter and Instagram posts during the month of May! The WCC members will share what they’ve learned, marine water facts, green crab facts, and other interesting tidbits to shine a light into estuarine field work.

Northwest Straits Commission videos
Northwest Straits Commission Facebook page
Northwest Straits Commission Instagram.

For more information visit our website

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May 1st - May 31st

Shore Friendly Living

Shore Friendly Living
Skagit Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Foundation, and Swinomish Tribe
May 1st – May 31st
Adults

Bulkheads, seawalls, and rock riprap along the shoreline, can disrupt the natural geological processes that form beaches and spawning habitat for forage fish. Hard shore armoring can damage delicate shoreline habitats that are crucial to the survival of many marine species and can worsen overall shoreline erosion.
In many cases, bulkheads are unnecessary and there are better, more natural alternatives to address bank erosion and drainage issues on shoreline properties.
The Shore Friendly Living program promotes alternative strategies for shoreline residential properties that provide both the use and enjoyment of the property while promoting and maintaining the nearshore ecosystems for the support of fish and wildlife.

Shoreline property owners are invited to attend a FREE beach walk and vegetation management workshop on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 10am-2pm at the SneeOosh Beach and Thousand Trails Meeting Room. Learn about safe and smart solutions for your waterfront.
Topics include: Native Vegetation for Creating Slope Stability. Removing Invasive Plant Species. And How to Plant Native Plants on Your Property. Presentation by: Ben Alexander, Sound Native Plants. Hosted By: Northwest Straits Foundation, Swinomish Tribal Community, and Skagit Marine Resources Committee.
Click here to register
Registration Limited to 20 Households.

For more information visit our website

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May 4th, Wednesday

MoNA Early Enrichment

MoNA Early Enrichment
Wednesday, May 4th
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Museum of Northwest Art; 121 South First Street, La Conner, WA 9825

Early Enrichment is a free program for parents/caregivers and kids ages 2-5 years old.
Participants engage in a read-aloud story in the galleries and an art activity in the art studio.
Click here to go to our events calendar

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Three Wednesdays- May 4th, 11th, & 18th

SEA Club

SEA Club- K-5th graders
Washington Park, Anacortes
Three Wednesdays- May 4th, 11th, & 18th
4:00-5:00PM
There is a registration fee for this event.

Come learn about the Salish Sea, the importance of clean water, and what you can do to help! This month students will learn about humpback whales and why they rely on a clean and healthy Salish Sea!

To register visit our Website

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May 6th and 7th Friday and Saturday

Spring Birding by Ear

Spring Birding By Ear

Friday May 6th - 8:00 am - 11:00am
Saturday May 7th - 8:00 am - 11:00am

For adults, registration required
Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
10441 Bayview-Edison Road Mount Vernon, WA 98273

May brings plenty of bird activity on Padilla Bay's upland trail, frantic with singing, mating nesting, and foraging. Dress for cool morning weather. Field guides and binoculars are available for loan. We’ll meet at the Interpretive Center parking lot. This class is offered twice

To register visit our Website

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Planting Maintenance at Tope Ryan Conservation Area

Planting Maintenance at Tope Ryan Conservation Area

May 7th
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tope Ryan Conservation Area -- 21063 Grip Rd, Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Join Skagit Land Trust at Tope Ryan Conservation Area in Sedro-Woolley, WA to help with planting maintenance.

In 2020 and 2021, several thousand shrubs and trees were planted at Tope Ryan Conservation Area. These plantings will help to restore wetland habitat, which provides ecosystem services like water filtration. They’ll also grow up and cast shade over creeks and other waterways, providing salmon with the cool water that they need to survive.

During this family-friendly work party, we’ll check up on these plantings and make sure they’re growing as planned! We’ll also gather any tree protectors that have been flooded out of the planting site in order to prevent plastic from entering our watershed.

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Open Studio Saturday

Open Studio Saturday

May 7th
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Museum of Northwest Art; 121 South First Street, La Conner, WA 9825

Open Studio Saturdays is a free, drop-in style program for youth and families of all ages.
Participants are invited to join museum educators in the art studio for hands-on art activities.

Click here to go to our events calendar

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Paint a pot for Mother's Day

Paint a pot for Mother's Day 
Saturday, May 7th
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm @ Washington Park   
There is a registration fee for this event.

A great gift for Mother's Day! Join us to paint a pot, plant some seeds, and learn about the importance of rain gardens for orcas! We will even review a few special mom and calf Southern Resident orcas!  Creating art is a wonderful way to explore the creatures of the Salish Sea and connect with them on another level!

To register visit our Website

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"The River That Made Seattle" a Humanities WA Speakers Bureau Event

The River That Made Seattle" a Humanities WA Speakers Bureau Event

Saturday, May 7th
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Museum of Northwest Art; 121 South First Street, La Conner, WA 9825

Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau events are free and open to the public.
Speakers Bureau presenters give free public presentations on history, politics, music, philosophy,
spiritual traditions, and everything in between.

Click here to go to our events calendar

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Hide and Seek

Hike and Seek
Monday, May 9th
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
5th-8th graders @ Washington Park, Anacortes
There is a registration fee for this event.

Come Hike & Seek with us!  As the seasons change, so does the flora and fauna. Designed to tap into our natural human senses, we will explore the world around us while targeting species of plants, birds, and animals from the water up to the canopy. Learn to identify as you walk along with us!

To register visit our Website

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MoNA Early Enrichment

MoNA Early Enrichment
Wednesday, May 11th
10:30 am - 11:45 am
Museum of Northwest Art; 121 South First Street, La Conner, WA 9825

Early Enrichment is a free program for parents/caregivers and kids ages 2-5 years old.
Participants engage in a read-aloud story in the galleries and an art activity in the art studio.

Click here to go to our events calendar

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May 12th, Thursday

Friends of the Forest: Wetland Walk

Community Hike: Wetland Walk
Thursday, May 12th
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Hike Level: Intermediate
Sign up: At the trailhead
Meet: Clyde Way Access – Trail 109, Little Cranberry Lake
Ages- 10 years old and up

A short schlep up a paved hill is worth it to get to these wonderful wooded wetlands, where our
group will learn more about the species that call the wetlands of the ACFL home. Wetlands are
incredibly biodiverse ecosystems, and are important providers for ecosystem services like
controlling and cleaning water. From red-legged frogs to wood ducks, to salmonberry bursts and
celebrations of skunk cabbage, we’ll search for it all. Come prepared for the weather and maybe
some mud!
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Community Science Wetlands Monitoring

May 13th, Friday

Friends of the Forest Community Science Wetlands Monitoring

Community Science Wetlands Monitoring
Friday, May 13
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sign up required
Adults
Where: Location will be determined prior to hikes and emailed to registered participants.
Our ACFL Naturalist Club has spoken, and we’ve listened! We’ll be meeting on the second
Friday of each month during 2022 to monitor wetlands around Little Cranberry Lake and Big
Beaver Pond. Wear weather-proof clothes and bring your curiosity!

To register visit our Website

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May 13th and 14th Friday and Saturday

Following the Tracks

Following the Tracks
Junior Ecologists for youth ages 6-9, Registration required
Friday, May 13th - 10:30 am -12:00 pm
Saturday, May 14th - 10:30 am -12:00 pm

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
10441 Bay View-Edison Rd
Mount Vernon, WA  98273

We'll practice our detective skills and then head for the beach to see whose trails were left behind by the tide. Wear warm clothes and snug boots or old shoes that can get muddy.
To register visit our Website

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May 14th, Saturday

Salmon Day at the Skagit Children's Museum

Salmon Day at the Children's Museum Coho-sted by Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group and Skagit Conservation District.

Saturday, May 14th
10:00 am -2:00 pm
432 Fashion Way, Burlington

Join us for salmon and water related activities for kids of all ages! Meet our coho salmon, who arrived at the museum as eggs back in January, and will be released later in the day.
Get hands-on with the EnviroScape® model at the Skagit Conservation District activity table.

Meet Sammy Salmon, a larger-than-life salmon mascot.

Following this event the Skagit Fisheries Enhancement Group staff will lead a fish release at Hansen Creek of some coho salmon from the museum's aquarium.

Call for more information -
360-336-0172

Nature Discovery (Rev 2)

May 15th, Sunday

Nature Discovery Day at Pomona Grange

Nature Discovery Day at Pomona Grange
Skagit Conservation Education Alliance, Skagit Conservation District, Skagit Land Trust
5625 Old Hwy 99 North Rd., Burlington

Sunday, May 15th
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
FREE

Get outdoors and have some fun while learning and exploring at Pomona Grange Park.
Grab a passport to play a game and visit the stations along the trail to learn about aquatic bugs, native plants, restoration areas and much more! Complete your passport to win a prize.

Play the Poop Toss game.

Visit the craft stations to make a bug house, fairy headband, caterpillar and a butterfly.

All ages welcome! Registration required before May 13th.

To register please send an email to info@skagitcleanwater.org with the following information:
- parents name
- number of children attending
- ages of children attending

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May 21st, Saturday

Studying Forage Fish

Studying Forage Fish
Saturday, May 21st
Two sessions available.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Fidalgo Bay RV Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd, Anacortes. Meet by the boat launch.
Registration required

This program is recommended for ages 8 to adult. Forage fish are a critical part of our food web. Learn how local scientists study them hands-on by looking for fish eggs and exploring them under a microscope. This program will run concurrent with the Skagit Watershed Council’s Drain Rangers program.

Click here to register

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May 21st, Saturday

Drain Rangers

Drain Rangers
Saturday, May 21st
Two sessions available.
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Fidalgo Bay RV Resort, 4701 Fidalgo Bay Rd, Anacortes. Meet by the boat launch.
Registration required

This program is recommended for ages 8 to adult. Learn about stormwater runoff by taking the role of an engineer. You will collect data on what happens to stormwater and develop a plan to reduce stormwater runoff. Lastly, you will test how well your project would work using models. This program will run concurrently with the forage fish program.

Click here to register

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May 21st, Saturday

Aquarium Tour and Fish Feeding

Aquarium Tour and Fish Feeding
All ages
Saturday, May 21st- 10:00 am

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
10441 Bayview-Edison Road Mount Vernon, WA 98273-9668

Join our aquarist Mark Olson and education staff for a monthly behind-the-scenes tour of our aquariums, including the new touch tank. Masks are required at all Padilla Bay programs. Due to COVID-safe capacity in the interpretive center, registration is required.

To register visit our Website

shore friendly

May 25th, Wednesday

Shoreline Landowner Workshop

Shoreline Landowner Workshop
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 10am-2pm

“Shoreline property owners are invited to attend a FREE beach walk and vegetation management workshop on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 10am-2pm at the SneeOosh Beach and Thousand Trails Meeting Room. Learn about safe and smart solutions for your waterfront. Topics include: Native Vegetation for Creating Slope Stability. Removing Invasive Plant Species. And How to Plant Native Plants on Your Property. Presentation by: Ben Alexander, Sound Native Plants. Hosted By: Northwest Straits Foundation, Swinomish Tribal Community, and Skagit Marine Resources Committee.

To register visit our Website

Registration Limited to 20 Households. For more information visit our website: www.skagitmrc.org”

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May 25th, Wednesday

A Celebration of Water

A Celebration of Water

Hosted by Terramar Brewstillery
5712 Gilkey Ave, Edison, WA 98232

Event begins at 3:30pm.
Presentations in Terramar Slough Room start at 6:00pm.
Event ends at 7:30pm.

On Wednesday, May 25th Terramar will host a festival style event for Skagit Water Weeks in conjunction with Taylor Shellfish, Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research, and the Northwest Straits Commission, among others. This is an all-ages event with hands on activities, demonstrations and presentations about the importance of clean water in beer making, oyster farming and the overall connectedness of water for a healthy environment.

- Greg Spore, head brewer at Terramar, will speak about the making of Octopus Garden Gose: including the importance of water quality and clean water in the beer making process, and sourcing the kelp infused sea salt harvested in the Puget Sound.

- Samples and sales of Octopus Garden Gose will be available (to those over 21)
Octopus Garden Gose T-shirt for sale, designed by Terramar employee and artist, Nick Sun

- Bill Dewey, Director of Public Affairs at Taylor Shellfish Farms will speak to the importance of clean water in Samish bay to oyster farming, including the environmental impacts water has on oyster farming.

- Watch the staff of Taylor Shellfish Shuck Raw Oysters! Oysters on the Half Shell & Baked Oysters will be for sale
Terramar’s Oyster Shell-infused vodka will be for sale.

- The Northwest Straits Commission will discuss the highly invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas), which was first discovered in Padilla Bay (2016) and can decimate shellfish populations, displace native crabs, and damage eelgrass and salt marsh habitats. Their discussion will cover the collaborative trapping efforts to remove green crabs from intertidal areas of Samish Bay, Padilla Bay, and Fidalgo Bay. In addition, NW Straits Commission will have crab molts and other educational displays available.

- Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research, near Bay View State Park, study this important estuary, its extensive eelgrass meadow, and the many animals that live there. Education staff from the reserve will be sharing animals from their touch tanks, including sea stars, crabs, and other cool estuary animals.

-Sophie Cortes, Terramar employee and indigenous artist will create all natural dyes sourced from local water, food scraps and natural resources and then offer a hands-on event where kids or adult kids can make their own tie dye bandana (for a small fee that will go toward donation).

- Kids coloring contest with water themed pictures illustrated by employee and artist, Sarah Bock.

- Make your own fish print impressions with Fish Printing Replicas donated for the event by MoNA (Museum of Northwest Art; La Conner).

Please join us to help raise awareness of the importance of clean water and all the wonderful resources we are able to indulge in (beer, oysters, creative art) because we care about preserving the land around us.

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May 26th, Thursday

Wiley Slough for the Budding Birder

Wiley Slough for the Budding Birder

May 26, 4:30-6:00PM
7+ years old, @ Wiley Slough
There is a registration fee for this event.

 Join the Salish Sea School as we wander Wiley Slough on Fir Island in Skagit county. Prior to the walk we will discuss tips for identification, possible species we may encounter on our walk, and students will learn how to identify, count, and complete a bird survey. Young, beginning birders are welcome and highly encouraged!

To register visit our Website

Thank You To Our Wonderful Skagit Water Weeks Partners

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