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June 17, 2020

Austin Rose, Marine Planner
Whatcom Marine Resources Committee Coordinator
(360) 778-6286

Community Science Volunteers Invited to Help Collect Valuable Species Information in Whatcom County

Members of the public are invited to become science volunteers as part of the newest project by the North Sound Stewards Program, organized by the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and RE Sources. The program will utilize iNaturalist, a free app and web page online crowdsourcing and social network. Community members can share their observations along Whatcom County’s marine shorelines, get help identifying plants and animals, and create research-quality data for scientists. iNaturalist is built on the concept of mapping and sharing observations of biodiversity across the globe.

To join, first create an account on iNaturalist using the instructions provided, then navigate to Community > Projects and search or navigate to “Whatcom Marine Shoreline Summer Observation.” Click on the project page, then join.

This project is open now through September 7. The site’s “About” section includes suggestions for locations to conduct observations, but the project includes every marine shoreline in Whatcom County.

“During a summer where we are limited in how we can gather in groups on the beach, this is a fun and educational way for folks to still get involved while collecting valuable species data,” said Eleanor Hines, Marine Resources Committee Chair. “Just please make sure that you are following all current safety and physical distancing guidelines.”

For questions, email Kaylene Riehle, North Sound Stewards Intern, Whatcom Marine Resources Committee. 

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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