News Items

Stream Team

StreamTeamlogoGoal:  Collect data/samples to help monitor various indicators of water quality in the urban environment.  These include macroinvertebrates in streams (aquatic insects), amphibians in ponds by counting egg masses, monitoring the downtown Olympia Purple Martin population, and most recently training to do shoreline surveys for forage fish



Michelle Stevie

Pigeon Guillemot Foraging and Breeding Survey

The Pigeon Guillemot is one of the 314 birds the National Audubon Society has identified as at-risk from climate change and will potentially experience eastward-shifting ranges.

The second season of the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve and South Sound Pigeon Guillemot Foraging and Breeding Survey was conducted in summer 2014 as part of the Nisqually Reach Aquatic Reserve Citizen Stewardship Committee monitoring program.

Sixty volunteers and substitute monitors collected data weekly at 28 sites for one hour in the early morning, mainly during June, July, and August. Data collected included the number of adult birds seen in colonies, number of active burrows, trips to burrows, fish delivered to burrows, and disturbances to nesting areas.

Volunteers tally birds, record observed prey species, activity at burrows, and record disturbances (bald eagles, boat traffic, dogs on beach, etc)

Results of the study are provided to federal and state agencies, and organizations monitoring the health of Puget Sound. The program is funded wholly or in part by the National Estuary Program (of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).


Anne Mills

Snowy Plovers

Volunteers are needed for monitoring Snowy Plovers during designated dates in May that coincide with razor clam digs.
Location: Midway beach near Grayland, WA
Details: Volunteers are requested during designated dates in May that coincide with razor clam digs. Volunteers will be assigned to assist with patrolling Midway Beach and conducting outreach on protecting snowy plovers from accidental harm.
One or two volunteers will be located at the site at least 2 ½ hours before the start of low tide. The typical shift should take about 6 hours. The location for this project is Midway beach near Grayland, WA in Grays Harbor County. Volunteers may need to visit Montesano beforehand, to pick up equipment. You will need your own vehicle. Volunteer hours can be applied to Master Hunter certification or recertification.

May 2-3, 7-10, 15-17


WDFW Technician John Diebert at (360) 249-4628 ext 232, email

WDFW District Wildlife Biologist  Anthony Novack at (360) 249-4628 ext 238, email

Explore the Archives