Subject: SWS Newsletter - October 2017

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Sound Water Stewards
Quarterly Beach Log

October 2017

We are trained volunteers working in and around Island County for a healthy, sustainable Puget Sound environment through education, community outreach, stewardship, and citizen science.
Note from the New Executive Director

After my first few months at Sound Water Stewards, I feel like I have an oar in the water and am making progress. The staff, board and members have been such a welcoming force, helping me come aboard. In the last few months, we have expanded our education programming for children and youth... [ read more ]  

Meet the Board

We thought we would take the opportunity to learn a bit more about our dedicated SWS Board Members by asking three simple questions. Learn more about Sue Salveson...     [ read more ]
Dragonflies: Ancient Aerialists

As the first frost of autumn arrives, my warm weather pursuit of dragonfly watching goes dormant for the winter. I have always been fascinated by these amazingly aerobatic insects and the more I have read about them the more captivating they become. [ read more ] 
SWS Happenings - Photo Gallery

Check some of the great activities that SWS volunteers have been participating in! [ read more ]
How you can help SWS and the Planet today!
Sign up for one or both of PSE’s renewable energy programs (Green Power and/or Solar Choice); they will donate money to this organization on your behalf. For instance, you can choose to make your home carbon neutral by matching 100% of your electricity usage (an average $10 more per month), or match a portion of your electricity for as little as $4 more per month. Just go to, use the code SWS and PSE will donate $20 to our organization (or $30 if you enroll in both programs). All you need to be is a PSE electric customer.
[ read more ]

Fireflies of the Ocean

During the beautiful summer months of the Puget Sound Region, we have a fascinating phenomenon that happens all around in our marine waters. Yet, many people know nothing about it or even know that it is happening here. What am I talking about? Bio-luminescent plankton blooms! [ read more ]
State Park Education Programs

Since April 2017 we have taught over 1,500 children and adults! Overall this year has been a lot of work but at the same time has been full of great experiences with children from all over! I love observing the moment when a child truly connects with nature. [ read more ]
New Orca Video at the Wharf

A new video, “Penn Cove Orca Captures and Lessons Learned Since”, was added a few weeks ago to the Coupeville wharf marine display. Watch the new video and [ read more ]
Volunteer Feature - Forage Fish

"I love the monitoring and being on the beaches with my head in the sun and boots in the mud.” This reflects not only the stewardship and science aspects of our work together, but the strong sense of community that is developed as we work toward common goals. [ read more ]
First Green Crab Captured on Whidbey

SWS volunteers working with WA Sea Grant recently caught the first invasive European Green Crab in Island County.
[ read more ]

Please Remember!

Hi Volunteers - please remember to pick up and drop off MUSSEL DISCS to us. You can bring the discs to the monthly meetings to drop off, or contact your island coordinator to set up a drop. Thank you in advance!
Save the Date - All

4th Wednesdays on Camano
    Come learn about various topics relating to your local environment.
    For more information check the [ calendar ] for future events!

Sound Waters University - One Day University for All
Saturday, February 3rd, 2018
    Keynote "The Salish Sea - A Sense of Place" by Florian Graner [ read more ]
    Registration will open December 30th

Save the Date - SWS Members

Camano Monthly Meeting

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Sound Water Stewards of Island County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and is partially supported by contributions and grants from Lighthouse Environmental Programs and Puget Sound Energy.  Thank you to all our supporters.
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